I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
-- Philippians 3:14 NIV
There are a variety of reasons why a ship’s captain may need to change course. He may need to avoid a collision with another ship or with an iceberg. Perhaps he must skirt around a storm or correct a wrong turn that is leading him in the wrong direction.
We are each captain of our own ship; and as Christians, it is important that we periodically pause to determine if we are heading in the right direction towards our goal.
The Lord clearly outlined our mission in Matthew 28:19-20 NIV. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In your current life circumstances, are you heading towards the goal? Are there obstacles in the way? How might you steer your vessel to begin heading in the right direction, avoiding the obstructions? Take the time to examine your direction, including your activities, associations, and actions, knowing that God is with you, helping to guide your vessel to His safe harbor.