The Bible tells us we have all, like sheep, gone our own way. I think we can all agree on this. The problem I see is most never spend any significant time thinking about whether the way they are going is correct or not. With so many religions and philosophies in the world it can be a little intimidating and overwhelming to find your way.
I once heard a story about a man on a trip to Germany from the U.S. He went down to the docks to board a ship. When he arrived he looked at several boats lined up in the bay and saw small and large craft, row boats, sail boats and just about any color you would like. He found one that looked sturdy and in fine condition. He walked on board and found his way to a room. After about a half hour into the voyage he went to visit the ships captain. He found him in the wheel house and asked him “when do we arrive in Germany?” The captain looked at the man puzzled and said, “This ship isn’t going to Germany.” It seems there are lots of people like this man. They think they can choose the way that looks the best to them, but they never do the research to see if the way they have chosen is going to take them where they want to go.
During a recent conversation I actually had someone tell me “there has to be more than one way!” I thought to myself “why?” Why do we think the way to eternal life is different than the way other things work. For instance we never think that way when it comes to math. We wouldn’t expect to add 2 and 2 and get to 10 would we? Like the story before, we wouldn’t board a ship or plane going to Australia and expect to arrive in Canada. At the root of our dilemma is the idea we are our own boss. We think our way of understanding the world around us is correct. There is a Proverb I love that says, “The first to present his case seems right until someone comes along and questions him.” I for one invite the questions if they are legitimate and honest. Arguing for the sake of arguing doesn’t interest me. I do think only honest questions will lead to real answers though. Sometimes we have to ask those tough questions and in this case it is a matter with eternal consequences.
This journey called life only became serious for me in 2001 when I had an experience the Bible calls being “Born Again.” After trying and trying to convince my then ex-wife I meant business, about restoring our relationship, I sank into an altar and told God “You have to show her I mean business.” It was only when coming to the end of my own efforts that I found true peace and joy in the new life I found in Christ. It seems there is one thing all of us humans have in common. We all have a deceived mindset, and we think we are independent. We think we are all so different and unique. While we are special in one sense we are all very much the same in another. We all were created powerless. We all need the one true power there is and that is Jesus Christ. He told us, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me.” That is either a true statement or not. I encourage you to do your own research and you too will discover Jesus is not only the way and truth, but he most definitely is the Life!
Written by Louie