Do You Know Where You Are Going?
On the very last day of 1999 (December 31, 1999), Time Magazine announced its “Person of the Century.” That person was Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein was described by Time as “the embodiment of pure intellect, the bumbling professor with German accent…”
Yet, Einstein, the great German physicist, was said to be a slow learner in his youth. In fact, he was said to be so slow in learning to speak, that his parents even consulted a doctor (this personally makes me feel good about our son Shawn Michael!). Einstein also had a rebellious attitude towards authority. This led to one school principle expelling him and another saying he would never amount to much. As it turned out, Einstein did amount to something after all.
On one occasion, Albert Einstein was traveling from Princeton University by train. The conductor came down the aisle, punching each passenger’s ticket. When he came to the well known physicist, Einstein reached into his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his pants pocket. It wasn’t there! He looked in his briefcase and he couldn’t find it there. He then looked in his papers in the seat behind him, and he still could not find it! The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I am sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Einstein nodded in much appreciation.
The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket. The conductor walked back to him and said, “Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. We all know who you are; no problem. You don’t need a ticket. I am sure you bought one. You don’t need to look for it any longer. It’s ok.” Albert Einstein then looked at the conductor and said, “Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I am going.” This is why he was so often called “the absent-minded professor”!
This is a very interesting story that reminds all of us of the importance of knowing where we are going. Every person should know where he is going – and not just when he gets on a plane, train, or car. We need to know where we are going when it comes to our eternal destinies!
Do you know where you going after this life? Do you know if you are going to heaven or hell? Some believe that we can’t know our eternal destiny until the Judgment Day; they believe there is no way we can know whether we are right with God in this life. That belief does not line up with the Bible!
This is what the Bible teaches about this issue:
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).
The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us (1 John 3:24).
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13).
The Apostle John knew where he stood with God. He knew where he was going. We can as well! When we obey the gospel we can KNOW that we are right with God and on the path to heaven to be with Him for eternity. Examine your life today and ask yourself the question, “Do I know where I am going?”
By Shawn Jeffries