The Journey, Part 2
The Purpose of Your Journey

By Jay Pearson


We read in "The Journey Part One: Fuel for your Journey" that Jesus has sent us on a journey. Jesus is the hope and our fuel to propel us forward to our expected end.

John 17:18:
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

This journey that we are sent on is not without purpose and we are not sent alone.

Matthew 28:18-20:
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We have to be able to see beyond our immediate circumstances to the reality of our destiny if we are going to finish our journey with obedience. It is not always the bad circumstances we have to look beyond, but often the good ones too that foster complacency.

Ephesians 1:5:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

We have been given the perfect example of how Jesus completed his journey in seemingly impossible circumstances. With his heart, soul, mind and strength riveted on the joy set before him and his absolute obedience to his Father.

Hebrews 12:2:
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Through the gift of the holy spirit God has made it available for us to complete our journey victoriously.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58:
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is within them, the Father of glory has commissioned you and I with a purpose. That purpose is the Word of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21:
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

What is our purpose here on earth? How do we perform it?

Acts 1:8:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This verse reminds me why I wear a cross a lot of the time. I don’t wear my cross to let people know I’m a Christian. Many religions wear crosses. I wear my cross to remind myself I’m a Christian and I’m on the world stage representing Christ. Praise ye the Lord for his gift of holy spirit. We can absolutely do this obeying Jesus and accepting our commission and purpose for our journey.   

James 1:22:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Jude 1:24-25:
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.


Presented March 26, 2017 in Baton Rouge