Thursday, October 6, 2016
Inspiration Thursday - One Way
When faced with a difficult task or situation, I am sure you have heard someone say, "With God all things are possible." This phrase is often used as an encouragement to some one facing a seemingly impossible situation. Christ Himself uttered these words to explain salvation to His own disciples. A wealthy young man had just asked the Lord what he must to to obtain eternal life. Christ told the rich young ruler that he must keep all of the commandments, to which the young man replied that he had kept all of the Laws of Moses since he was a child and was not guilty of breaking a single commandment. Christ told the young man that if he wished to be perfect that he needed to sell all of his earthly possessions and give them to the poor. The young ruler said he could not do that because he was very wealthy. With those words he broke multiple commandments. He revealed that he loved himself and his possessions more than his fellow man. He valued those possessions more than his relationship with God, and he lied about never breaking any of the commandments. This event gives us a clear picture of what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Our world is filled with people that believe they are going to heaven because they have done nothing that would warrant the wrath of God and eternal punishment. Christ showed that the standard for entering heaven based on works, is perfection and that is not possible for any one of us. Ceremoniously attending church and being baptized is not adequate. Doing great deeds and giving to charities is not enough. There is only one person in all of creation that has lived a life free of sin and worthy of entering into heaven based on His own life and that person is Jesus Christ. All of the rest of us need a Savior and that Savior is Jesus Christ. The Bible makes it very clear, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) "And it shall come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved."(Acts 2:21). "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) There is only one way. There is only one salvation. Jesus Saves! Have a blessed day.