The dictionary definition of True North is the singular point from which all things radiate, the direction along the earth’s surface that points toward the geographic North Pole. If you hold a compass and walk in the direction of the needle pointing north, you are actually approximately 18 degrees west of what is commonly referred to as north. True North is what we call the North Pole and the needle always points in this direction, which helps your orient yourself in your travels.
True North is a popular navigational term used by sailors and explorers. The term is also used in the business world in identifying the one true objective that will provide a strong foundation for all strategic decision-making. Some examples are:
- Provide the absolute best customer service in our industry
- Deliver double-digit returns to the stockholders
- Grow production volumes at double-digit rates
For the Christian, Jesus is “True North,” the singular point from which everything in life is to radiate. The Bible makes this clear from Genesis to Revelation, and it is beautifully set forth in the following verse:
In him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and He is the only reliable reference point for navigating through the twists, turns, trials, and tribulations of life. The Lord Jesus Christ is to be the resting place for the needle of our hearts’ deepest desires. He is to be the fixed reference point for all of life, where all of our decisions are to be rooted and realized. In Him we live. In Him we move. In Him we have our being.
When our “True North” is not in Him, we veer off course, we become disoriented, and we head off in the wrong direction. When our hearts deepest desire is anything smaller than God, our “True North” becomes that thing.
We all worship something. Either is it God or it is something smaller than God . . . and anything smaller than God is an idol. I’m not talking about a statue of wood, stone, or metal. No, we are far too sophisticated for that. Anything that holds the affections and desires of our hearts other than God is an idol. Just a few of these idols are:
- Professional success
- Financial security
- Applause of man
- Sexual pleasure
The great reformer John Calvin once said, “Our hearts are idol factories!” The list is virtually endless. The desires of the heart that properly belong to God can be given over to anything. We make idols out of everything. We may even make idols out of things you and I would call “good things,” such as our children or our church service. And that is why we need Jesus as our “True North” to fix our focus and orient our lives. When Jesus is our “True North,” we do not waver when we face that proverbial “fork in the road.” Instead of wondering which route to take, we simply continue on the path toward Jesus.
One of the best Scriptures for identifying our “True North” objective is Matthew 6:33.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So . . . do you feel like you have been drifting lately? Spending any time careening from wall to wall? Get back to your “True North” and you will get back on track. When we are seeking Jesus and His kingdom and His righteousness first, we will not seek anything else. Saying YES to Jesus means we are saying NO to everything else. Living in the light of the truth of “True North” will have us living for the glory of God and the good of others. Now that is a life that has meaning and purpose . . . a life that is truly worth living.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!