Most of us have traveled at one time or another. In fact, some of us have taken some pretty interesting trips, both good and bad! When I was working in the business world, I flew to many locations all over the globe. Some of those trips were quite enjoyable, getting to see things that I thought I would never see. Other trips weren’t so much fun. For example, in January of 2012, I took a flight from Newark, NJ to Shanghai China that was diverted over the North Pole due to a mechanical problem on board. The carrier decided to fly all the way back to Newark. However, we were forced to make an emergency landing at a NATO air base in Goose Bay Newfoundland. For about an hour before we landed at the NATO airfield, there was an eerie quiet on the plane and several people were quite upset, including the guy next to me. Truth be told, until that night I never even knew that there was such a place Goose Bay, but when we landed and our plane was fixed, I was sure glad it was there!
Whether you have traveled internationally or only within the state of Texas, one thing I know for sure is that all of us are traveling right now. In fact, we are literally on the trip of a lifetime because every single one of us is currently on The Journey of the Soul. And the truth is that this portion of the journey that we currently find ourselves in is likely one of the shortest legs of the voyage, but it certainly is important. The decisions and actions we are taking right now will unquestionably determine the direction that we take as we progress along this great journey. One day we will stand before God and answer for what we have done or not done while in the flesh. Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10, ESV). The truth is that the final destination of our soul’s journey is being determined by the decisions we are making right now!
This Sunday we will look at this great journey in a lesson that was inspired by Brother Don Blackwell, a preacher in the Lord’s church and the Executive Director of the Gospel Broadcast Network. Lisa and I were privileged to hear Brother Blackwell preach when we were in Tennessee this summer and I thought his message was extremely powerful and one that all men needed to hear. After all, all mankind is interested in what happens when we die.
The truth is that we are indeed spiritual beings. We are the crowning glory of God’s creation because we were made in His spiritual image (Genesis 1:26) and He bestowed upon us something truly amazing: a soul. When God formed us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), He connected our flesh with our soul and the two will remain so attached until the day comes when our physical body dies. On that day, our soul departs, it flies away (Psalm 90:10), but where does it go and what will happen to it? And for that matter, what happens to our body? Will the two ever be reunited?
These are all questions that we will answer Sunday as we look at what the Bible teaches us about The Journey of the Soul. The amazing thing about this great journey is that when we study God’s Word we find that this trip never really ends. Certainly, of course, we reach a final destination, but that destination is eternity! It goes on forever and ever and time as we know it will cease.
The only question is this (and it is the greatest question of all): Where will you spend eternity? What will be the final destination in the journey of YOUR soul? Will it be the everlasting bliss of heaven (Matthew 25:34) or will it be the never ending torment of hell (Revelation 21:8)?
Fortunately, the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11). Each of us has the opportunity to accept that grace based on the terms that it was offered; namely, that we obey the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 6:3-5) and live a life of faithful obedience to the Lord (Revelation 2:10). When we submit to the Lord’s will the Bible promises us that our journey will be an absolutely amazing one!
Enjoy the trip!