Message From Matt | February 8, 2018

Have you ever been to an IKEA store?  Bekah and I had been once to their store in Ohio, but this week we decided to take Haley to the new store in Fishers to look around.  If you have never been to one of their stores, let me tell you that this store is massive!  They have bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen furniture!  They have all sorts of household goods that seem to stretch for a mile.  They even have a large cafeteria that serves awesome tasting Swedish meatballs.  However, the store is different in its setup as compared to other stores.  The difference is that the furniture is displayed as if you were walking through someone’s home.  I assume they do that so you can see how it would look in different settings and it seems to be a good idea!  To get you from section to section in the store, there are many maps located throughout the building and also there are shortcuts that you can take to save you some time if you are only wanting to go in a particular section.  
 
They also have something that caught my attention to help guide you along the path – a projected arrow on the floor that points the way that you should go!   If you feel lost – follow the arrow!  If you want to see everything – follow the arrow!  It seems really simple, but what I noticed in a lot of people, including myself, we didn’t always follow the arrow!  In fact, I think I went the opposite direction of the arrow most times!  Maybe it was because I wasn’t wanting to spend hours looking through the store that I decided to take the shortcuts to get to where we wanted to go, but I gave up early on following the exact route given by the arrows.  All of this leads me to this truth:  God gave us an “arrow” to Himself and it’s Jesus!  Of course we all know this, but I want to remind you again that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God!  Read what Jesus said in John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  Jesus as the only way is a truth that we can count on, but do you know what He said in verse 1 through 3 of that same text is something that we can count on as well?  Those verses state, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you into myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”.  The truth from this is that Jesus is preparing a place for you and is coming back for you!  We will have troubles in this world, in fact, you might be having troubles today, take joy in knowing that your troubles won’t be forever!  Take joy in knowing that your end (eternity with Jesus) is something that gives you hope!  

God has given the world an “arrow” to find Him – It’s Jesus!  God has given us “arrows” to sustain and direct us…it’s the Holy Spirit and the Word of God!  God has given us “arrows” in the church to hold us accountable and motivate us to live for Him!  Jesus is coming for His children, His church – let’s be ready and looking!