TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Surprise! My Grace-Full Life has a new signature color and logo! I decided not to go with a vote this time, but instead, I made three options. I sent all of them to my web designer and told him to surprise me. He loves it when I put him on the spot like that, but I assured him that I’d be fine with whichever one he picked. And I am. Though My Grace-Full Life isn’t a business, I am OCD enough that I wanted my colors to look better with my company’s business colors…. But I’m adamant that this is a one-way street. While you can navigate to My Grace-Full Life from any of my three business websites, you can’t navigate to my business from My Grace-Full Life. But now, this one-way journey looks better.
We have another one-way journey in life, but few people realize that. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). I’m not sure what is unclear about that — it’s very straightforward. But so many believe that believing in Jesus for eternal life is just an option. They have the idea in their head that there’s a multi-route system for getting to heaven. Jesus told us there is only one way, and that’s through Him.
The Bible isn’t subtle about this. Verse after verse tells us this truth:
- And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
- I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 — another “I Am” statement)
- Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
And it’s so hard to tell people they are wrong. I watched a sister-in-Christ get attacked this week on social media because she posted a warning to believers who were dabbling in astrology and horoscopes. She was speaking Biblical truth — the Bible tells us not to get involved with that kind of stuff (Deuteronomy 18:10-14; Daniel 2:27; Isaiah 8:19; Galatians 5:20-21; 1 John 4:1 — to site a few passages). And yet she was attacked by fellow-Christians!
Some may think I’m stupid for what I believe, but I’ve said it a thousand times — we either take God at His Word completely or not at all. And when God tells us something is right, it’s right. When He tells us something is wrong, it’s wrong. When He tells us there is one way to eternal life, there is one way. I’m not a theologian, and I don’t have the advantage of a seminary education, but I believe what God tells us in His Holy Word. Since He’s God, it kind of gives Him an advantage to make the rules.
I see so many concerning things going on — things that are said that aren’t Biblical, but just as concerning are the things that are left unsaid. Friends, we have to stand up and defend the Truth. Not in an unkind and argumentative way — Peter told us in 1 Peter 3:15, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” But speaking gently isn’t the opposite of speaking boldly. We should speak the truth with boldness as the apostles prayed in Acts 4:29. And we need to let others know that Jesus is the one way — the only hope we have.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being the One and only way to heaven! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you speak up in bold confidence, yet with a gentle spirit. And ask Him to help you be unafraid, but embrace the words of David, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).
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