“I’ve come to the realization that faith may be less about an intellectual understanding and more about the posture of my heart or a willingness to trust.”
-John Mark McMillan
Trust -- NOUN
1. firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something:
“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”
I don’t think I really knew the joy of following Jesus while growing up because I was only living for a destination, not a relationship with a person. Of course, I believed in every single bit of the price He paid for me and that He did want to have a relationship with me, but the joy behind my Christian life wasn’t totally on Christ if I’m being honest. The thing that made me feel secure was my beautiful inheritance and the fact that I am going to heaven and going from one degree of glory to another, but I overlooked the journey in light of the destination.
For me the reality is that heaven, in all its glory, is my destination and I’m glad my savior gave his life for me so that I could get there. But the sweetest part of being a Christian is following Jesus and having a relationship with him. I get the JOY of following Christ, learning his character, listening and following the Holy Spirit's leading and finding that sweet spot of total trust and total honesty while along the journey. Here is something we all know: enjoying the journey is just as much about relationships and trust as it is about adventure. This includes relationships with the people we meet along the way and for me personally is my relationship with Jesus. Trusting that I am going to heaven really isn’t hard, but trusting Jesus with my job, my relationships, my life and a million other ambiguous aspects of life impacts the journey a lot more.
Based on verses 5 and 6 of the scripture verse stated above, I feel secured that I do, in fact, have an inheritance waiting for me, both in the present and future. But to me, enjoying my journey right now is encapsulated in verses 7 and 8 of that passage. It reads, “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” HE gives me daily counsel to enjoy the journey. HE instructs me and because of this relationship I have with Him I won’t be shaken. I can bring my doubts and hard seasons of life to Him and talk about them honestly with Him and with others. I can enjoy Him for what He’s done, who He is and what He thinks about me, not who I think I’ll be someday when I’m wiser and a little more mature.
Enjoying the journey for me is all about relationships and trust. Both take effort, physical and emotional. But I ENJOY the fact that my journey is learning how to trust Jesus more and not being focused on an intellectual path to freedom. Indeed, we do have a beautiful inheritance ETJ’ers, but for me it is both in the life to come and the journey we live now. There is a beautiful freedom when the person of Christ meets me where I’m at and wants to do this life with me now. That is undeniably enjoyable.