Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
(Matthew 7:14 (NIV))
How many ways to heaven have you heard in your lifetime?
If you truly stop to think about it, there have been countless opinions and philosophies that you have heard and countless others that have made so little sense that you didn’t even pay attention to them.
In today’s society, it has become acceptable to believe that there are as many different ways to heaven as there are people. Stop to think about that statement. Let’s compare this to a shotgun blast. A shotgun blast scatters and only a very few of the small shot actually hit their target. To be more precise, I would venture to say that not a single shot actually hits exactly where you aim. If there are as many ways to heaven as there are people, what does that say when compared to a shotgun blast?
The word “sin” is an archery term that literally means to miss the mark. There is no shotgun blast mentality in archery. There is no shotgun blast mentality in getting to heaven. Just like in archery, if we miss the mark established by God as what we have to hit to get to heaven, then we have sinned. We will not be allowed in.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))
If we have all sinned, then how do we gain eternal life?
and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
(Romans 3:24 (NIV))
Jesus hit that mark. Through His steadfast aim, we are redeemed.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
Jesus is the way! Jesus is the only way. He is that gate.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6 (NIV))