Saturday, April 25, 2020


Perhaps there are many who do not know what the initial letters used as the heading of this article mean. They are used as a short way of describing the ‘Global Positioning System’. When this device was developed it caused the manner in which directions to desired destinations were found to be rethought. It was very useful on a vast range of journeys, both terrestrial and stellar. The ability to pinpoint a house while riding a bicycle, either in a very large housing estate or a remote rural dwelling, or to know exactly the location of a satellite hurtling through space, is quite amazing.

People were confident that, while they were unfamiliar with the general area, or the city, in which they were searching, they would find the right way to get to the place they desired to reach. The GPS became an essential piece of equipment in cars, vans, articulated trucks etc. and was not considered as an optional extra; it was a ‘must have’.

However, problems arose in some situations. The system was designed mainly for cars and it was not generally realised that a different GPS was required by larger vehicles. As a result some larger trucks were routed to narrow roads and lanes, or under low bridges, with no possibility of either turning or reversing. Where this happened the result was chaos.

There is one destination that every right-thinking person desires to reach and there is only one right route. We read that the eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, was asked by Thomas, one of His disciples, concerning the way to heaven: "Thomas saith unto Him, ‘Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?’" In His response, we read that "Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me’" John 14.5,6. While there may be many different GPSs, different in design, size, colour etc., there is only one way to get to heaven when life is over. Note carefully the words of two major apostles: Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" Acts 4.12. Paul stated, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" 1Timothy 2.5,6. He was the only One Who could pay the price of our redemption and ensure for us a safe journey to heaven. The following quotations from Peter’s writings are clear and need no explanation: "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit ..." 1Peter 3.18; "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold ... But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot ..." 1Peter 1.18,19.

We may be able to neglect man’s GPS, but never God’s: "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him …?" Hebrews 2.3. To neglect God’s offer of salvation would be disastrous. Please rely on God’s Son and be securely saved for all eternity. In Acts 16.31 we read, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ..."

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