Treadmill jogging is so interesting to me. I start and end at the same place, yet I have gone several miles. I don’t mind treadmill jogging, but if given the choice I would much rather get outside and feel the crunch of leaves under my feet. Plus, when I run, I want to know I have actually gone somewhere.
I wonder if Peter felt the same when he walked on the water. He didn’t just want to show off and test his skills, he wanted to get somewhere. He wanted to walk to Jesus. And when we are moving with a purpose in mind, the journey and the destination are both of indescribable value.
Thinking on this leads my heart to 1 Corinthians 13:2, “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
Although faith gives us the courage to take the journey forward, the love of Christ must be our ultimate destination. If we are running for any other purpose we might as well not be running at all.
This can be difficult for me. At times I find my motivation getting sidetracked by a desire to be published or deluded by false promises of security.
Maybe you have found yourself being sidetracked in your journey. Maybe you are running on the “serving Jesus” treadmill but have lost sight of where you are going, forgetting that the ultimate purpose and destination is Him.
The truth is God doesn’t call us out of the boat for the purpose of meeting our dreams of speaking or writing, although that may be the vehicle by which we get there. He calls us out upon the water so that we might walk towards Him. That we might meet Him where faith and love crash together into a watery kiss of eternity.
It’s not about the book published or the arena speaking event, the ministry position at a large church or the size of a bible study. It’s about the run to Jesus journey that takes place in the midst. The crunching of love leaves underfoot. The mist of vaporous Jesus love on your nose in the early morning. Called to journey with Him wherever and however it may lead. It’s a journey of faith that must motivated by love. Otherwise the walking is without need and purpose. Our vehicle matters much less than the destination which is ultimately a deeper passion and love for Jesus.