A while back, I listened to a Sermon given by a priest in which he shared his experience of crossing the Canada-USA border. I believe he shared at least three questions that he was asked by a Border Agent: Who are you? Where are you coming from? Where are you going? He went on to expand on those questions and related them to our journey as Christians.
Today at church, I remembered that story. Who am I? Where am I coming from? Where am I going?
A couple of days ago, Jews around the world were celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Some call it the Jewish New Year. However, experts on the celebration mentioned that it is a day of Judgment, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Renewal and Commitment to be better than you were in the past year. Who am I? Where am I coming from? Where am I going?
Why do Border Agents ask questions of individuals when they have (some of) the information in front of them? For example, they have your passport, the picture looks like you, they may see your “profile” in the computer. Why do they still ask you to tell them what they (sometimes) already know? Part of the reason is that as a person responds to the question, the Agent may be able to tell some things that are going on within the person, and from that information, be able to take action that will protect his or her country.
Why should Christians ask themselves these questions? May be a different, but similar question is, if God were to ask me those three questions, how would I respond? Lord, you know who I am, where I am coming from and where I am going. What if the Lord wanted to hear the answer in my own words?
When a Border Agent asks, “who are you?”, they may just need your name. If the Lord asks, “who are you?”, He may need more than just your name. So, assuming your name is “iSeeketh”, He may ask you, “iSeeketh, who are you?” “iSeeketh, where are you coming from?”, “iSeeketh, where are you going?”
When a Boarder Agent asks questions of a person at the border, the goal is to assess admissibility of the individual. The individual’s attributes are compared with certain criteria. If the person meets the criteria, the person’s request is allowed, otherwise it is denied. As it is on Earth, so it is in Heaven. What is the criteria for admissibility into Heaven?
Which borders need to be secured? Spirit, Body, Mind, Soul, Finance, Land, etc…
Where is my body? Where has my body been? Where is my body going?
Who am I? Where am I coming from? Where am I going?
What am I doing? What have I done? What am I going to do?
Gather, Assess, Decide and Act. G.A.D.A.