Friday, March 4, 2016
How much of a creature of habit are you? I was thinking about that question last Wednesday night while on our way to church. As far as my wife and I are concerned, we can take many different routes and still arrive in church, yet we usually take the same route over and over again. Nevertheless, we are not the only ones who do that. I bet many of our members take the exact same route to church they have taken for years. Once there, many of them will sit at the exact same spot over and over again. In fact, some make it a point to be early so that no one can beat them to their favorite spot. Bottom line: For most people there are many different ways to get to church.
Getting to Heaven, however, is an entirely different matter and there is only one way to get there. Jesus told His Disciples one day: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Most people never get this nor understand it’s truth. Even to this day, many still believe they will get to Heaven in one of many ways. It could be through their good deeds or because they belong to the one true church or religion, or because of their godly parents, or because they’ve never harmed anybody, or because they have a position of leadership or authority in their church, or because they give a lot of money to churches or worthy causes; the list could go on and on.
Remember the old phrase “there is more than one way to skin a cat.”? That may be, but as far as getting to Heaven is concerned there is only one way, and His name is Jesus. After telling you all this, it just may be that all of you knew that already. Even so, I felt led of the Lord to share that truth with you again today. Who knows, maybe one or two of you have lost your focus and have, all of a sudden, been putting too much of your trust on some thing or someone other than Christ. And if you haven’t, reminders such as these can’t be a bad thing.
Memory verse for the week: (Colossians 3:12) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”