In Acts 16, we hear of Paul and Silas traveling to Derbe and then to Lystra, where they met Timothy. Timothy, a Greek, joined Paul on his travels from town to town until they reached Jerusalem. From there, they traveled through Phrygia and Galatia to the border of Mysia. They were unable to enter Bithynia, so they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. Paul ultimately had a vision that took them through Macedonia — Samothrace, Neapolis and finally landing at Philippi. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? If so, we’re both lost. I think it would have been easy for Paul and Timothy to feel that way too.
Upon closer look, there is direction in the diversion. Although the route was roundabout, the purpose of the journey was not. All throughout the wandering and in every city stop along the way, Paul, Silas and Timothy are being led by God to kick down the doors of darkness in order to shine the light of who He is. Jason challenges us with these two questions this week: What gods do we follow? Are we moving in the right direction? We are moving in the right direction only when we follow the one true God. Money, busyness, materials, admiration and current culture may present to us an easy and straight path, but a linear route is not the goal. Singularity of mission is. Let us stop chasing all the things we’ll never catch and instead go after the ideals God has for us. The road may be winding and unknown, but a life lived for Him is never lost.
What gods do I follow? Am I moving in the right direction?