August 5, 2016

Read John 14:1-6

“It was just a little white lie.”  “No one noticed that I wore my shirt inside out all day long.”  “I NEED that new purse.” “It’s not really gossip; I’m just sharing so that we will know how to pray for her.”  “In the end, everybody goes to heaven.”  We choose to believe all sorts of things that aren’t really true in an attempt to feel better about a situation.  Sometimes reality is just a little too difficult to deal with, so we try to make our own.  But sadly, just believing something to be true doesn’t make it so!  

Usually, these misguided attempts at altering reality are harmless, but sometimes they have eternal consequences for us or for those with whom we fail to share the truth.  
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36). Seems pretty clear.  Believing that everyone goes to heaven may assuage our guilt for not sharing or comfort us when we lose a beloved unbeliever, but it doesn’t change eternity.  God offers us a ticket to heaven – but  in order to get there, we have to agree with His route. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)