In a book I’m reading, SAFE by Pure Desire Ministries, a father and son went on a backpacking trip with some other campers. They started out after the others had left and planned to meet together at a designated point at a particular time. Instead of arriving in the daylight, as planned, the father-son pair arrived as darkness settled over the campsite.
There is a life lesson in their explanation for being late. They were supposed to have taken a particular branch off the trail, but they were deep in conversation and missed it. Later they came to another fork in the road and took it. After having hiked for some time, they realized they were on the wrong trail. They had to backtrack to the main trail and then backtrack further to the original branch. The father estimated that what should have been a 4-mile hike, turned into a 12-mile trek.
The life lesson is this: if you are on the wrong road, it doesn’t matter how fast you go or how sincere you are, you still aren’t getting to the destination you want. Not until you get on the right trail will you arrive at the preferred destination. One pastor said, “Direction, not desire, determines your Destination.” If you are driving the wrong direction, you won’t arrive at the place you intended. If the airplane is a few degrees off course, it will not arrive at the proper airport.
What about Heaven? Some people have said, “All roads lead to God.” Could that be true? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Sounds to me like Jesus was saying that only following Him is the path to God.
Whose directions are you going to take? Are you going to trust someone who has NOT DIED and has never been to Heaven, or are you going to trust Jesus who came from Heaven and returned there after having died and come back to life three days later?
How would you describe the direction of your life? Jesus identified that people are on one of two paths, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” (Matthew 7:13)
Have you stepped through the narrow gate yet? If so, is your life clearly demonstrating that you are a Christ-follower? Remember, James tells us not to deceive ourselves, but to “be doers of the word and not hearers only.” (James 1:22)