My favorite game is Ticket To Ride, which my husband and I play a lot (just ask my youngest daughter, and she’ll roll her eyes). You have to connect train routes between cities, and some cities are tricky because there are only two ways to get to them. If others put their game pieces on both ways there before you do, too bad for you! There are other cities that have multiple ways in, so those are much easier to get to, and though someone may block the best route for you, you can still get there a longer way.
Many people advocate that, like the easy cities in Ticket to Ride, you can use many paths to get to God. We live in a world that is continually pressing for everyone to accept everyone else’s religious preference and not push their own because they all will get us to the destination. It sounds so nice, so peaceful. But if it isn’t true, then it’s a problem. If I believe I can get to New York City by heading south from Indianapolis, I won’t get there. I can believe it with the sincerest of beliefs, but it won’t do me any good because it won’t lead me to my destination.
Just before He was to be arrested and crucified, Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, and that they knew the way He was going. One of the disciples responded by saying, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus answered him with these words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” Jesus unequivocally stated that He was the only way to the Father. There are not many paths, there is only one.
Don’t be angry if I tell you that you need Jesus to save you, and that through Him is the only way to God. It is not a mean-spirited thing, but actually just the opposite. You see, I asked Jesus to do that for me and now He is with me every day as I journey toward that day when He will lead me to the place where I am face-to-face with God the Father. I want you to know the joy of belonging to God and of knowing that you will never again face this life alone. I want you to know the certainty of the destination of getting to God. I can’t force you, nor will I try. But I will not be silent because I care about you. There are only two destinations, Heaven and Hell. I want Heaven for you.
Take the time to read Jesus’ words above for yourself in John 14:5-6. Better yet, read the whole book of John. Ask God to show you the truth and seek it — He will show you. He made you, He loves you, and He wants to give you real life and an eternity of joy.