I really don’t know about you, but one of the most maddening things that I find about people is that they don’t listen and don’t follow instructions. We all know that happens so often in everyday life. We know that people are told things and they don’t even listen. It could be to do with our health or our money but we often ignore the advice that we are given. Or sometimes people are given guidelines but they ignore them and just do it their own way.
I am writing to point people to what God says in the Bible. But God wants them to listen and to follow His instructions for life. For instance Jesus said one day, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14.6 – the Bible). If you follow that instruction you will become a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.
If you come to understand that Jesus is the Son of God you’ll believe what he said. He said I am the way to God, you can’t come to God any other way. Why then do people go to religion? Why do people try all sorts of different things? One reason is that we all have a deep desire to know the truth. We also have an innate impulse to recognise and worship a greater being. Many years ago Dr Billy Graham asked an anthropologist why do all humans worship, no matter the culture, the civilisation, the time period or the level of intelligence or sophistication? The conclusion was nature not nurture - it is in our nature to do it.
Peter (one of the early preachers) he said, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men where by we must be saved” (Acts 4.12 – the Bible). Peter doesn’t give you a choice or alternatives. He says on the authority of what God has said in the Bible there is no other way of salvation.
We need to be rescued, we need forgiveness, we need to be brought to God and there’s only one route because God decided it and it’s through faith in Jesus Christ.
Would you rest on the work Jesus did when He died on the cross. I wonder if today you would simply hear the voice of God and refuse to harden your heart and do what He says:
Turn from your sin
Obey the gospel
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
I know that for most this all seems very narrow minded and prescriptive! Somethings in life are like that! You don't get a range of options on how to deal with cancer; you follow the tried and tested route to get rid of it and hopefully survive and enjoy life for a little longer. The same can be said for many things in life. The issue of your soul, your spiritual health and God is so important that to be safe you need to go down the prescribed route. God says if you follow my instructions you’ll be saved. I trust that God will richly bless you today.