Compasses are pretty handy to point you in the direction of magnetic north, but bring a rogue magnet alongside your compass and the needle is going to misbehave and you’ll no longer be travelling in the right direction.
I think often we can be pulled away from pursuing and following Jesus by other things acting like magnets to our souls. Like a magpie, we see the shiny lure of receiving self-worth from man, the appeal of deriving our security in stuff or trying to realise our significance in status and we’re off course before we know it. Shiny magnets are all around us pulling at our souls leaving us “tossed back and forth,” (Ephesians 4:14) off track, and far away from Jesus.
Because the magnetic pole wanders, magnetic north isn’t always in the same place. It moves! So if you’re trying to head north and relying on a compass to show you the way it can’t guarantee you’ll ever reach true north.
True north doesn’t move.
If you want to travel in a direction that’s not going to change or be manipulated by other pulls when they come up close and personal, then you need your north to be the same. You need it to be stable and steadfast.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus is our true north.
Align your life with Jesus and He will never let you down. He doesn’t vacillate, He isn’t fickle or volatile and can’t be swayed by shiny or magnetic forces coming close. He is immovable, dependable and reliable. We were made to point to Jesus, let Him be your guide.