I had the opportunity to go to a convention involving the field of my secular work (the GIS field) a couple of days this week. The convention consisted of speakers and workshops and other things such as a chance to talk to vendors, judge maps and to participate in some other area related “games.”
One of the things that I enjoy about these conventions is getting the opportunity to listen to the speakers talk about things that I still need to learn about when it comes to my job, but also listening for points that they make that have big spiritual applications too. Taking “everyday” life and getting spiritual points out of it was a big part of the way that Jesus taught others (things like plows, persistence with judges, fig trees, finding valuables buried in the earth, mustard seeds, etc.) and I believe it can go a long way with the spiritual illustrations that we make today. For example, here are two statements that one speaker made that jumped out at me spiritually speaking:
- Just because the answer is clear does not mean it’s easy
- Just because the destination is clear does not mean it’s close
There were several scriptures that came to mind as I made a note of what the speaker said. His point dealt with the area that revolves around my day job, but his point can’t be missed when it comes to everyone’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If we choose to walk with Jesus we’re going to have to walk with determination!
“Go in by the narrow door; for wide is the door and open is the way which goes to destruction, and great numbers go in by it. For narrow is the door and hard the road to life, and only a small number make discovery of it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 – BBE)