God Wants Us To Travel | RIOT Podcast Ep 121 | Christian Podcast

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๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ'๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐ˆ๐Ž๐“ ๐ฉ๐จ๐๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ, โ€œ๐†๐จ๐ ๐–๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐”๐ฌ ๐“๐จ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅโ€ on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.

God tells us in Genesis, that travel is a divine command (vocation). Itโ€™s a work trip to do the Lordโ€™s business. God tells Adam and Eve to โ€œbe fruitful, multiply, and fill the earthโ€(๐†๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ:๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–). In other words, traveling is part of humanityโ€™s job description. However, God isnโ€™t so much telling Adam and Eve to leave the Garden as He is telling them to extend the Garden.

From the beginning of time, travel was a thing to do and it was something that we did together, with God and one another. Gen 2:1-3 We worked together and Sabbathed together. Sadly, many of us have lost the missional, meaningful, sabbatical, worshipful and communal intent of a trip.

Before the fall travel was blessed by God, after the fall it became a curse. God had to โ€œturn the car aroundโ€ in a sense; instead of the trip being about expanding the Garden, it became about finding a way back to the Garden.

Itโ€™s hard to deny that there is something troubling about the modern American approach to travel, which at this point, could almost be classified as a competitive sport. Travel, especially the travel we see on social media, seems to have devolved into:

โ€ข ๐€ ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ (travel to find myself);

โ€ข ๐€ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง (travel as a way to be seen and accepted);

โ€ข ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  (travel as a substitute for purpose);

โ€ข ๐€๐ง ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ(travel as a way to titillate and medicate).

We should travel with an eye towards the opportunities God will provide to share the gospel and extend mercy. In other words, whether we are traveling for work or play, we should be looking for opportunities on the plane, playground or in the hotel lobby for chances to tell people about and practically show them the love of Jesus. .

To wrap up everything today, God wants us to take advantage of the opportunity to travel and explore the world around us. He knows that through experiencing different cultures and learning about different people, we can become better, more understanding, and compassionate individuals. Traveling allows us to break down barriers and make connections that would not have been possible otherwise. It can also be a great way to practice our faith and deepen our spiritual connection with God.

๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ง'๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ:

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