Wouldn’t it be nice if there were more than one way to get to God?
Siri is one of the crazes associated with Apple iPhones. Press a button and hear, “What may I help you with?” If it’s driving directions I need, I simply say, “Siri, can you give me driving directions to _____________,” and she immediately accommodates.
Unlike other GPS applications which may offer more than one way, Siri merely gives me her way, the quickest way—the way of least resistance. Or course, if I don’t like the route Siri offers—perhaps it is less scenic than I desire—I can use any number of driving applications to discover an alternate course. Most places can be reached in more than one way. Even a deserted island can be accessed by boat, plane, or helicopter.
What if there were more than one way to connect with God? That would mean millions more would be in heaven. But is there? The Bible says, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NLT).
God hasn’t established the only one-way-to-him route because he’s prejudice or because he enjoys showing favoritism. Nor is God’s one way his method of keeping some out of heaven—though it accomplishes that as well. I don’t have to like or agree with God’s means either, but if I’m to spend eternity with him, I have to come his way.
The Old Testament sacrifices demonstrated God’s idea of what’s necessary to inhabit his presence. Purity. Perfection. Atonement. Despite the worshipper’s best efforts, none of those sacrifices were perfect. Neither could they remove the worshipper’s sins. They did, however, point to a future perfect sacrifice that would wipe away a person’s sins. Jesus was it. The perfect, sinless Messiah of God.
When we identify with him through forgiveness, he cleanses our sins and fits us for God’s presence. He and only he can take us there. Have you been trying to reach God through some other avenue than Jesus?
Martin Wiles is an author, teacher, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders and editors of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning,Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper,Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, and Power for Living. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, and PCC Daily Devotions, and is a regular contributor for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.