I quoted Jeff Smith (from Sunday’s sermon) in two previous posts, so he sent me this picture.
You can’t see the dangers that are under the water. When the water is smooth, if you get out of the channel, you still go aground.
We aren’t pleasure boats. A pleasure boat can zip all over the lake, but a freighter has to stay in the channel.
In this picture, you can’t tell from looking at the surface whether the channel goes to the right or left of the island. Pleasure boats can go to either side.
Hopefully, someone will let you know long before you get to the island which way to go. Hopefully they know what they are talking about.
Alternatively, you could do what a lot of people do — just ignore spiritual realities, and cruise straight ahead with their life. It’s the same result, though. You run aground if you ignore spiritual navigation entirely. You run aground if you go the wrong way. Either way, it’s a disaster.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.