Summary: This sermon is based on the Wise Men and being open to God's guidance and leading. We need the leadership, the wisdom and guidance of God's Holy Spirit. This sermon focuses on how to make that a reality in our lives.
Title: Do You Know Where You are Going To and How to Get There?
Theme: God’s Guidance
Grace and peace from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
I want to talk to you today about the subject “Do you know where you are going to?”
Those words may sound familiar to some of you as you think back to a song that was recorded by Diana Ross. The song was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin and was the theme song of the motion picture Mahogany.
The words of the song ask a simple question:
Do you know where you're going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to, do you know?
Do you get what you're hoping for?
When you look behind you there's no open door.
What are you hoping for, do you know?
Do we know where we are going this morning?
Do we like the things that life is showing us?
Are we getting what we were hoping for in this life?
All of those are great questions to ask ourselves. All of those are great questions that we need to find the answers for in our lives.
The Bible tells us that the Wise Men were asking similar questions. They were searching for some answers. They had seen a special star in the sky. It was a star that pointed to the birth of a special king. It was a star that pointed to a special king that was to be born to the Children of Israel.
They had left the comforts of their country because of that star. It had given them purpose and direction. They had traveled for months across the deserts and wilderness to get to land of Israel.
They were determined to discover the identity of this special king that had been born. He was to be a king that was to stand alongside the likes of King David, King Solomon and King Josiah. He was to be the “Anointed One” and they wanted to give him honor, worship and glory.
I am sure along the way they might have joined in that song – Do you know where you are going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Have you ever wanted a star to show you where you should be going? Or how about having your own personal pillar of cloud or a pillar of fire to lead the way? Could you use an angelic visit or a dream or a vision? What about seeing a burning bush, some watering pots or even a voice from a prophet?
As you read the Bible you notice that there are a great many people that received some special revelations that enabled them to know what they were suppose to do and where they were suppose to go.
But what about we who are living today?
Is there a way for us to know what we need to do and where we need to go?
Is there a Gideon’s fleece for us? Is there a divine casting of lots for us as there was for the Early Church when it was trying to replace Judas? Is there a still small voice for us to hear like the Prophet Elijah heard?
Actually, there is a way for us to know where to go and what to do. Jesus tells us in John 16:13:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
Let’s take a few moments this morning and listen to what God tells us about how to discover His will for our lives.
I. God wants to Share His Will and Desire for Our Lives
Perhaps the first thing we need to fully understand is that God does not want us living in the dark. God is not interested in us spending our years here on His Good Earth being confused, frustrated and discouraged.
God wants us to know His will and direction for our lives. God wants us to be led by His Holy Spirit. He wants us to make the right choices in our lives. He wants us to live the best life possible.
In John chapter 10, Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. He is the Good Shepherd that will speak to His sheep. They will know and understand His voice. They will be able to follow His direction and His direction will enable them to live a life beyond amazing.
In John 14:6, Jesus tells us that “He is the way, the truth and the life.”