In the 14th chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus talked with his disciples about heaven. He said, Where I go you know, and you also know the way. One disciple said Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? At this point Jesus said to them I am the way.
He is the way. If we follow him he will lead us all the way home. If we follow him. If we meet Jesus on the road and strike up a conversation with him and get to know him on a superficial level, we might say later on that we know him, We have made his acquaintance. But, after that encounter on the road, if we continue on our way north and Jesus continues on his way south what is going to happen? That acquaintance is never going to develop into a relationship. Yes, we met him, we talked to him, but no, we don’t really know him. We just know what he looks like and what he talks like. We know something about him, and that is all.
Friend, knowing about Jesus is not enough to get you into heaven no matter what you have been told and by whom. You can not rely on a superficial going through the motions, mouthing the words encounter with the preacher to get you saved. If your heart was not in the transaction, then it was simply an exercise and not the real thing.
Lots of people go to church every Sunday, serve on committees even teach Sunday School, but don’t know Jesus. Either they have not been told, or they do not believe that a personal relationship with Jesus is necessary to go to heaven. They are on their way to hell.
They have been told that God is love and his grace will get you through. Just sign up here and get your fire insurance. They think God is a wimp and they can keep on sinning and he will overlook it and just let it go.
God is not in the insurance business and no, He will not wink at anyone’s sin. The Bible says the Christian keeps himself. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 1 John 5:18
Jesus said there would be many who expected to get into heaven who would not make it. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7: 21-23)
If you are continuing to sin, habitually breaking the commandments of God then you are either not saved or you have backslidden, and either condition will get you into hell if you do not repent and give Jesus control of your life.
I know this is blunt but it is the truth. You need the truth. If you will hear me, it will save your soul from hell if you are not saved. I did not really want to write this article. This is not my favorite subject. Maybe no one will read it. But maybe someone will. And maybe they will consider what I am saying.
There’s a big big highway, eight lanes at least, bumper to bumper, all going in one direction, down, down, down. You do not want to go where they are going. You need to make an exit off the road to death. Take a turn on to the narrow road.
You need to really change; your heart needs to change; your insides need to be emptied of everything dark and ugly, cleaned out, made new. Jesus can do it; only he can do it. He will lead you through the whole process. It might be quick; it might take a while, but all the while you will be safe in him if you want him and love him and submit to his way. He knows the way. He is the way.
Follow him he asks. Take up your cross he says. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23. Cross out sin, cross out selfishness, cross out greed, covetousness. Lay your life on the altar. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 It gets easier as you go along, his way.
Getting saved is not arriving. It is departing, setting out on a journey, following him. He is your GPS
Bad times are coming. You could leave this world in an instant. Be ready. Give your life to the Lord, seek him and follow him, every minute. Abide in Christ. The safest place in the world is in the center of God’s will.