Friday, July 12, 2013

Directionally Challenged?

In Switzerland, trying to decide which way to go!
     Over the many years that Glenn and I have been married, we have been lost in both cities and the countryside more times than we can count and that is even when we use a GPS.  Of course, not all GPS units are geared towards taking you the shortest way among other shortcomings.  I don't know if we are "directionally challenged" or if we just lack the ability to stop and ask for help.  It may even be a genetic thing?
     I remember clearly that my father refused to stop and ask for directions when we were traveling to Florida one winter.  We ended up fifty miles off the beaten path.  It took us several hours just to get back to where we should have been, but my father was not one to stop and ask for directions.
     We may be lost when it comes to finding a certain address but we do not need to be lost when it comes to our eternal destiny.  John 14:6 reads:  "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."
     This beautiful verse of Scripture is preceded by reassurance from our Lord that our hearts do not need to be troubled over things that are to come.  Our Lord is preparing for us a beautiful home in heaven.  Since He is the one preparing it, we know it will be perfect even as He is perfect.  Jesus even reassures us that we will be with Him.  What a blessing!
     However, verse 6 of this passage makes it clear that the ONLY way to the Father is through Jesus Christ our Lord.  There is NO OTHER WAY!  He is the truth when we don't know the answers and the life when we feel ours is slipping away.  What blessed assurance we have in Him.
     Yet, this world believes there are many ways to heaven and that those of us who do not accept this are "narrow minded".  The other night on a talk show, I heard a commentator say that he was a Christian.  I perked up to see what he had to say on the subject.  He went on to say that even though he was a Christian, he believed that all other faiths were valid too and all would go to heaven if they were sincere.
     Needless to say, it grieved my heart because this is not the truth as found in scripture.  There is no other way to approach the Father.  He is the only One who has the key to life and happiness and it is only through His Son Jesus Christ who is the Door.  Not Buddha, Mohammad, nor any other religion named on earth has the answer or the keys to the kingdom.  Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies in the Old Testament which were made about Him.  He alone stands as the perfect sacrifice for our sins and the true, valid Redeemer.
     We need to be sharing this Good News with our friends, family and loved ones.  No one know when our Lord will return for us but we know He is coming and we will be with Him.  As we share our faith, we can be confident that Jesus is the "way, the truth, and life" for He sealed this covenant with us in His own blood.  Selah!

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