In my time in the Marines, I learned land navigation. We learned different techniques to assist us in knowing not only where we wanted to go, but where we were currently located. That really comes in handy when you need to call for some type of support. If you don’t know where you are, how can you get to where you are going or get help to your location? This is many people’s current situation with Christ. They are in a situation where they need help, but don’t have a clue where they are at? I’m not talking about their physical location. I’m talking about where their mind, heart, and soul is currently located. Where are you in respect to morality according to Christ? Where are you in respect to your neighbor according to Christ? The answers to these questions will determine your current location with Christ. Where ya at?
I think about the story of Adam and Eve in the garden. They were in fellowship with God. God had provided them with everything they could possibly need. This is very similar to us. God provides for us all our needs. However, for most that is not good enough. The Bible tells how the devil managed to get Adam and Eve to do what God told them not to do. Hence forming a wedge between man and God. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” (Gen 3:8-9, KJV) In simple language, Where ya at? It’s not like God couldn’t plainly see Adam. That wasn’t the point. Adam did not realize where he was with respect to his relationship with God. God was asking him,”do you know what you have done to our relationship?”
All of us have been in Adam’s shoes. We all have put ourselves in situations where our relationship with God was not or is not where it should be. We can get to the root of the issue by answering a few simple questions. The first one is, where am I concerning right and wrong according to God. All to often we determine right and wrong based on our world view. Unfortunately more times than not, our world view is not God’s view. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and for light darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.” (Isa 5:20-21, KJV) As a society we have come to a place that things that God called an abomination, we now accept as okay. Where ya at?
The next question is, where ya at concerning your fellow-man. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16, KJV) ReallY?!?! He expects us to be willing to give my life up for somebody else…, how dare He. You don’t know me from a can of paint. Will you feed me if I’m hungry? Will you shelter me if I’m homeless? Will you give me clothes if I have none? To what extent are you willing to sacrifice for the brethren? Where ya at?
Lastly, where are in respect to Christ? Christ declared, “He that is not with me is against me: and that gathereth not with me scattereth.” (Luke 11:23; KJV) There is no halfway saved. There is no middle grown or almost there. This is probably why there are so many unanswered prayers. We are not fully committed to Christ, but we expect that He should fully answer our every request. We act like spoiled little kids when they don’t get their way. We get mad at God as if He owes us something. We act as if salvation is negotiable. I have yet to read one time where the Word of God was something to be negotiated with. Where ya at?
So here we are like Adam in the garden, clue free as to our current location with Christ. We stand in need of some land navigation training with our relationship with Christ. Some are close to him. Some are not so close. Some are using the gifts God has given them, some are not. Some are answering to their call, some are not. At the end of the day it’s an individual thing. When He calls your name, you will have to answer all by yourself. Your location in Christ at that time will determine your location for all eternity. That being said, where ya at?
Servant of the Most High God