“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
By Frank Christel
“All roads lead to God” was mentioned in a conversation the other day, an obvious fallacy from a Christian perspective. I found myself replying all roads DO lead to God, but not in the way most people think. They lead to Christ.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10
Eternal judgement is not a popular topic these days. But people want to know how they’re doing and where they’ll wind up.
In Black Rock City, Nevada, which pops up on a dry lake bed for a week each year during the Burning Man festival, there is a phone booth titled “Talk to God”. One picks up the handset and presumably talks directly to…god. Transcripts of conversations say things like “Yes my son, I am always here”, “Humanity will soon enter a new stage of their evolution”, “You are doing great” and “Gratitude is the highest form of love because it is a truly selfless expression of it.”
In contrast, here are the words of Jesus in possibly the scariest verse of the Bible:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” – Matthew 7:21-23
Given this, what hope do you and I have? Two scriptures form the cornerstone of our assurance: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9.
Also, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.
On bumper stickers this means: “No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace.”
C.S. Lewis sums it up:
“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”
Here’s the bright line in the sand: it’s all about Jesus and nothing else. Standing before the throne on judgement day, you want Jesus to embrace you and say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant… Let’s celebrate together!'” – Matthew 25:23. Nothing else in the universe matters as much as NOT hearing these terrifying words of Jesus: “I never knew you. Away from me….”
Don’t let Him utter those words before you. Eternal life with Jesus begins right now, if you choose.