Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tips On How to Have a Great Journey: Today's Sermon

This morning, we started a new message series in our church and I entitled it as Summer Vacation Series. The first sermon on the series was entitled "Bon Voyage!" and I talked about some helpful tips on how to have a great journey. The tips were:

1. Bring what you need for the trip
2. Know your destination
3. Know how to get to your destination
4. Have the right motivation for the journey
5. Do not travel alone
6. Travel with the right people

I, then, applied the tips I shared to a person’s journey in life. I focused on the second and third point and shared that all of us have the same destination in our journey in life and that is death. But, death is not the end because there is eternity. It sure struck home to to those listening especially to the many elderly women in our church and young people. There is this one lady who is a cancer survivor - a lady whom God used to rebuke me of my lack of faith. She battled cancer through immediate treatment and with much prayer.

I looked up life expectancy tables to share that these tables show us how many who have gone before us have completed the first phase of their life’s journey. These tables only give us an idea of how long we can expect our journey to be, but they are still uncertain.

Even as the elders battle old age and other sicknesses through medicines like Trazodone, I mentioned that they are not the only ones facing the possibility of death as that destination can come soon to anyone without any warning. That is why I encouraged them to prepare for this destination that we all are going to face.

The word of God is very clear:

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:11-13

So why not prepare for where we are all destined to face – death. Receive the eternal life that God promises through Jesus by asking forgiveness from your sins, repenting of them and asking Jesus to come into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior right now.