Is yours a destination or destiny? By James Chua

Christmas was yesterday. We commemorated the birth of Jesus, our Saviour. The world took this occasion to celebrate but in a different sense. Department Stores and restaurants boosted their sales by enticing their diners and shoppers with alluring gimmicks and discounts. There was a mega party organised by one of the leading night clubs in Singapore. Christmas parties, both quiet and boisterous ones, were held. This spirit of celebration was evident everywhere in Singapore. As the jubilation settles down, there is the sobering thought that Christians will have to ponder: “Where are we heading when the party is over?”

In Alice in Wonderland, when Alice comes to a junction in the road that leads in different directions, she asks the Cheshire Cat, “Cheshire-Puss…would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to go to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where,” replied Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

We are like Alice when we have no idea or “don’t much care” of our eternal destiny.

In John 14: 4 & 5, in spite of our Lord Jesus’ assuring declaration, one of his disciples, Thomas questioned him, “we have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Thomas harboured doubts when he failed to grasp, by faith, the impact and significance of words spoken by Jesus. We no longer need to be like Thomas. We have the evidence of scripture containing the impeccable record of God’s sturdy directions, as our life’s map leading us safely to our eternal destination. We have a choice to make. John 14 is a comforting treatise of Jesus’ promise.