Have you ever gotten lost while driving to a place that you have never been to before? Prior to car GPS systems this was a common thing, especially when trying to find someone’s house. I remember years ago when trying to get to a customer’s house was a hard thing to do. And when I would stop to ask for directions, often I would be told, confidently, exactly how to get there. But it turned out that the person was wrong, and so I’d ask someone else. And they would be wrong too! Grrrrr-
This scenario happens all too frequently when trying to get to heaven. Everyone is lost, (Rom. 3:23) and must try to find the way there. Sadly, a lot of people do not care or will not try, but many of us will ask for directions. And there are many people who will confidently tell you exactly how to get there. The scary thing is that most of the directions you will get are wrong and will take you someplace you don’t want to go. Some of us realize that the advice we received was not correct and that we are still lost. Unfortunately, most people won’t discover that they are on the wrong road till it’s too late and they are forever lost!
There are more people in this world giving bad directions about how to get to heaven than people with the right direction. These are ‘blind guides’. Some will say, “God has already chosen who will get to heaven, therefore, it’s not up to you.” Others say, “all you need to do is believe in your heart that you will get there and you will, so just park and relax” and another says, “the map [Bible] you have is not enough, you also need another map [ i.e. more ‘revelation’].” And there are those that say, “The map is too hard for you. Only someone ordained, or a priest or some other special interpreter should explain it for you.” Then there are the folks who tells travelers, “All roads lead there eventually, so don’t worry, you’ll get there.” All the while the entrance ramp for ‘The Way’ is not far from any one of us.
God has given all of us a road map of the way to His house. By the providence of God it is the most printed document in the world, and it needs no updates. It is understandable, as Paul said that when we read what he wrote, we would understand his knowledge in the mystery of Christ [Eph. 3:3, 4]. Furthermore, there are people Jesus has gifted us with who can help explain His directions [Eph. 4:11-14].
God has so much room in His house that He sent His son Jesus to earth to seek and save those who are lost [Mat. 18:11]. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” in fact, the followers of Jesus were first called ‘the Way’ [Jn. 14:6, Acts 9:2, 19:23, 24:14, 24]. Isaiah prophesied, “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.” [Isaiah 35:8].”
We can be sure there is only one way, safe and true, open to all whom sincerely wish to reach heaven. But we must be aware that the devil has placed many deceivers in this world who will do their best to mislead anyone they can [2 Cor. 11:13-15]. We have to pay attention to the Word of God, the road map to eternal life, read it carefully and trust it completely. God has invited us to his home, so let’s go!