A book my Dad once gave me has had a huge impact on my life – John Bunyan’s, “Pilgrim’s Progress.” It is the story of a man who lived in the City of Destruction. He read a small Book telling him of coming judgement of all who lived in the city. This knowledge became to him a burden he carried on his back. However, the book also told him of a Celestial City where eternal life was given to everyone who entered. The man was so troubled by his circumstances he decided he had to travel to this city. He journeyed to a cross where his burden was released and he made his way toward the Celestial city.
I was fascinated by the story of the man, soon named, “Christian.” The names given to the characters described the people and their attitudes, Mr Worldly-Wise, Mr Legality, Mr Watchful and his two closest friends, Faithful and Hopeful.
Over the years my mind has been drawn back to the story as events in my life remind me of Christian’s exploits on his journey. I, like Christian, have close friends who walk with me, encouraging me in my faith, holding me up when I feel like I’m failing or helping me out a “Pit of Despair” I had fallen into.
Today, on Father’s Day, I am again reminded of the journey I/we are taking towards a glorious future in Jesus Christ. We all need our faithful friends who keep us safe as we journey. People and circumstances do their best to distract us from our goals or pull us down. As a man, a husband, a father, I am challenged to be faithful to my LORD Jesus. I want so much to hear His words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)