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Right Destination, Wrong Gate

by on Aug.23, 2010, under Hope

I was standing near the gate waiting to board my flight when a man came running up demanding, “Am I too late?”  When he realized that nobody was boarding, he went to the ticket counter for an explanation.  The attendant explained that the gate assignment for his flight had been changed.  He was now at the wrong gate.  He showed her his boarding pass and continued to insist that this was his flight.  She continued to explain that if he boarded this flight he would not end up where he wanted to go.  Finally, he realized that he was wrong and sprinted off trying to reach the correct gate before the last boarding call.

I understood his confusion, being so sure I was right when I was not.  If he had done what he was sure was right, he would have been wrong.  It would not have mattered what anyone had told him was correct.  It would not have mattered that he was certain he was right.  The only way to his chosen destination was through the correct gate. 

Heaven is like that.  I sometimes hear people talk as if they can decide the correct way to God.  As if it is our decision how to repair our broken relationship with Him.  God is very clear about the correct way to reach heaven – through Jesus.  And the way to Jesus is clear – be born again.  It does not matter what anyone tells you, or even what you are convinced is right.  God is the only one who can fix our relationship with Him.  And He makes it clear how to do that.  The only way to do that.

So why listen to me?  It really doesn’t matter what I say.  And you are right.  Do not assume that I am telling you the correct way to heaven.  See what God said.  If you would like to know more about what God says about the only way back to Him, I’ll be happy to share where He said it.  So you can see it for yourself, know it for yourself, and be certain for yourself.  Not because someone told you, but because God told you. 

Blessings,

steve

1 comment for this entry:

  1. Jim Cooper

    I agree with your conclusions totally, but most people, talking with us don’t think they know enough, understand enough, or fully comprehend enough to “do it God’s way,” so they defer to us, put it off to a “more convenient time,” or simply see us as somehow superior to them. We, on the other hand, try to get them to hang with us long enough for us to “rub-off” on them. What we should be doing with the lost is telling them (like Paul, Philip, and others) God’s simple truth in one hour or less (whole families baptized the same hour of the night), and send them to their pillow that very night with an eternal relationship with God in Christ.

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