Packing for our journey
Written by Jay Yeager
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 20:20

Packing for our journey 

When you pack for this spiritual journey - you must take sufficient supplies, in other words, pack for the unexpected, for the journey maybe longer than expected because of:

Age (Psalms 90:9-10) or length of service (Matthew 20:1-16). That means there is not a lot of room for hindrances.



Materialism weighs you down. Jesus offers a clear warning “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). The parable of the rich farmer is a vivid illustration.


“…The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, this will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God"  (Luke 12:16-21).


The rich farmer could not pack his stuff so he never attempted the journey. There is no indication that this man was morally bankrupt, but his things got in the way of serving God. God calls him a fool, and here is why tonight his soul would be required to give an answer for the things done in life (II Corinthians 5:10), and this man was not a pilgrim on a journey (Hebrews 11:13), but a settler - rich in material things, but not toward God. Being a settler in this world is deadly (II Timothy 4:10). Brethren, do not pack so much you cannot travel!

 Foolish pride

No room for foolish pride. King Nebuchadnezzar is an example of such a foolish pride. “The king spake, and said, is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; the kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beast of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” (Daniel 4:30-32).


How appropriate are the words of Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride shall bring him low…” And Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. A pride that says I do not need God is absolutely destructive.


But there is another kind of pride, a foolish pride that refuses to admit wrong. In Acts chapter five, Ananias and Sapphira his wife wanted a recognition that was both unnecessary and undeserved. They sold land and claimed to have brought all the money from the sale to the apostles. Why? They were not commanded to do so (Acts 5:4). Apparently, they wanted to be seen by others as something more than they were. After Ananias was taken away, Peter gives Sapphira an opportunity to admit they had lied about the amount of money received from the sale of the land (Acts 5:7-8), but pride kept her from admitting they had sinned.


I wonder how many brethren will lose their soul because they are too proud to admit sin? Listen, “…Before honour is humility” (Proverbs 15:33). “Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (I Peter 5:6).

 Evil companions

No room for evil companions (I Corinthians 15:33). There is a telling statement found in Exodus 12:38, “And a mixed multitude went up also with them…” When Israel went up out of Egypt they packed some evil companionship with them. Well, it wasn’t long before trouble arose causing the children of Israel to cry along with them. “And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said who shall give flesh to eat” (Numbers 11:4)?


They were tired of the manna that God provided for them. In Numbers 11:31-34 God sets quail among them and while the meat was between their teeth, God’s anger was kindled and he smote the people with a great plague, and he called the name of that place Kib-roth-hat-ta-a-vah (Meaning graves of lusts)


What did Israel do? They packed a mixed multitude and it was only a matter of time before they influenced Israel. There is no room for bad companionship on this journey!

 What do we need to pack?

(Eight essentials to complete the journey)


On this journey you cannot have a form of faith, it must a faith based upon the word of God (Romans10:17). The words “I know” are big words, it can be the difference between eating well and starving on the journey (Hebrews 5:12-14). The Bible speaks of degrees of faith:

  1. No faith (Mark 4:40)
  2. Little faith (Matthew 6:30)
  3. Weak faith (Romans 14:1)
  4. Strong in faith (Romans 4:20)
  5. Great faith (Matthew 8:10)

The more you know the stronger your faith – “But grow in grace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (II Peter 3:18)


The Bible teaches that we are saved by hope (Romans 8:24-25), it is the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19). We live in hope (expectation) while we wait for God to so what he promised:

  1. The second coming (John 14:1-3)
  2. The resurrection (I Peter 1:3)
  3. Eternal life (Titus 1:2)


Faith, hope and love are more than the three things that would remain after spiritual gifts were done away (I Corinthians 13:13). Love is the badge of discipleship (John 13:34-35).

  1. Love for God (I John 5:3)
  2. Love for each other (I John 4:7-11)
  3. Love is an action word (I John 3:14-19)


Patience is one of the graces that are to be a part of our lives (II Peter 1:6). I do not know whether it is harder to be patience with others or with ourselves, but I do know that both are needed:

  1. With others (I Thessalonians 5:14)
  2. With ourselves (Luke 21:19)

Patience is necessary on this journey (Hebrew 12:1)


If a person is hard hearted, they might as well unpack, for they will never finish the journey.

  1. If you show mercy you will receive mercy (James 2:13)
  2. Forgiving and being forgiven are inseparably connected (Matthew 6:14-15)
    1. Luke 17:3-4; Matthew 18:21-35)


No shame in Christ or his teaching (II Timothy 1:12; Mark 8:38)

  1. The one church (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 4:4; 1:22-23)
  2. The plan of salvation (Hebrews 5:9)
  3. True worship (John 4:23-24)
  4. Moral living (Titus 2:11-14)
  5. Commitment (Matthew 6:33; Romans 12:1-2)


Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39)

  1. Not family (Matthew 10:34-38)
  2. Not fear (Matthew 25:24-25; I John 4:18)
  3. Not religious pressure (John 9:26-34)


  1. For our daily needs (Matthew 6:11)
  2. For the lost (Romans 10:1)
  3. For the gospel and those that preach it faithfully (II Thessalonians 3:1-2)
  4. Wisdom (James 1:5)
  5. In times of trouble (Hebrews 4:15-16)
  6. For sins committed (I John 1:8-10)
  7. Thanks for the food provided (I Timothy 4:3-4)
  8. Praying always for all things (I Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:7)
    Packing for the journey, leave out the hindrances and take the essentials