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Monday, November 2, 2009

Pioneers


The pioneers had to know where they were going, what they were going for, and how to get there. The reasons we never mature spiritually are that we don't know where we are going, we don't know how to get there, and we don't know what we are after.



The first question that must be answered is where are we going? The pioneers were going out West. They knew where they were going.

The second question that must be answered in our spiritual journey is what are we going for. The pioneers were going for gold and or promised land. They knew what they were going for.

The Third question that must be answered in our spiritual journey, is how do we get there?

The pioneers knew the way out west.
They knew that it would be a hard and dangerous journey. But they also knew that to reach what they were after they had to undertake it. Let's see if we can make a check list of these questions in our spiritual journey. First, do we know where we are going? Why that is simple Father. We are going to heaven. Well that is fine. I must ask you though, do you know how to get there? And here we would find many and varied answers. Some would say, read the scriptures. Others would say read the fathers as guides for the way. And what pioneer would have turned one wheel of his wagon, or urged one step from his horses, without a guide. So a guide is indispensable but he only knows the way. He is not the way.Others would say pray. Others would say fast; turn away from the temptations of the world. Others would say do good works, keep the commandments, etc. But these like the guide are necessary for the journey but not the way of the journey. Yet again, what pioneer father would have started out without rifles and food, water, grease for the wheels, All of these are needed to get where we are going, but they are not the way. As the pioneers knew what they were going for, so we need to know what we are going for. Then we can prepare for the trip as they did. Then we can seek out guides and find the one who has been there and found what we are looking for. He surely would know the way. He could advise us on what equipment he needed to get there, and what he didn't need. He could advise us on how much time it would take to get there. He could warn us if there were any perils on the road. So I guess it comes back to this:
What are we looking for? Are we on the right road to get there? Before a guide or equipment are purchased we need to answer these questions and if we don't we will never advance in the spiritual life.
Jesus said seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you. He spoke of those who search the scriptures that are written that the proper guide will know the scriptures lead to Jesus. The way to God is through Jesus. He spoke saying no one know the Father or God but the Son and the one who hears the Son hears God. In truth the journey that is truly spiritual is looking for Jesus. And this makes the way very clear. Jesus said, I am the Way. In other words he is who we are looking for, and He is the Way to God. How absolute are his words when He says "I am the Way, the road, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me." Any guide who leads us in a spiritual life without having found Jesus is a poor guide. Any road that does not lead to the feet of Jesus is a wrong road. Any equipment that does not provide our need to reach Jesus is the wrong equipment.

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