As an evangelist, I drive thousands of miles each year. Mile after mile passes by on unfamiliar highways. Once in a while, I take notice of the little green signs with numbers on them. They are mile markers and you can find them along all sorts of highways. Some are local or state highways, while others may be large interstate highways. These unassuming little markers are exceedingly valuable and can prove to be real life savers.
For example, if you are driving a lonely highway at night and your car breaks down or you come across a terrible accident, what would you do? You would want to call someone for help. But how would you tell them where you are? The markers can help you pinpoint your location for emergency assistance.
In our spiritual journey, we also need to be aware of where we are in Christ. There are times when we may need to call for assistance. Paul encourages Christians to be mindful of their progress: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NKJV). If our journey takes us on roads we have not previously traveled, we need know where we are. We also ought to know if the markers are indicating progress toward our destination.
Peter provides some markers that can help us know if we are travelling the right direction and the distance we need to go. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, NKJV).
Where are you in your journey toward heaven and home? Can you identify your position in Christ? Are you using the scriptures as a map to Christian maturity? Are you watching for spiritual mile markers to help you determine your progress?
“Let us search out and examine our ways.”
~ Brother Roy