One of my favorite things about my smart phone is the map (GPS) feature. Well sometimes. Amy will tell you that I sometimes argue with Siri and will also ignore the directions it gives.
But even iMaps or Google Maps is better than the directions others sometimes give.
“Excuse me I am looking for I’m-lost Road, can you tell me how to get there?”
“Sure, buddy, Turn left at the house with the fence that used to be white, there will be a mail box with the door falling off and weeds growing up around it. The mane on the box is faded, but it reads ‘Smitherman.’ If you see a rusty truck up on blocks in a field you’ve gone too far, turn around. Follow that road for a piece and when you get to the ‘Y’ in the road take the left . . . of course you can take the right fork and go a few hundred yards and turn back to the left that’ll connect you to the road that will take you to I’m-lost Road.”
How do I get there from here?
Once I was driving through a small town and saw a church marquee that read, “Directions to Heaven: Turn right and go straight.” There was a traffic light just past the sign, so I did. I ended up at the community college.
Directions to Heaven
- Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). The first step in the direction is to be in Christ. We are in Christ when we obey the gospel (Rom 6:3-6). The gospel is the good news of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1Co 15:1-4). Notice how we obey the gospel by faith when we spiritually and symbolically re-enact in in our death, burial, and resurrection like His.
- Stay on course with Jesus’ will. “If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (John 12:47-50). There is a standard we must follow. That standard that we will answer too is what we learn from Jesus and those He taught in person and by inspiration who then in turn wrote what pertains to life and godliness (2Pe 1:3).
That is how we get there from here.