My husband and I are very fortunate with our neighbours. We live in the middle of a terrace of modern houses, so we have neighbours on both sides. On one side is a hard-working family with one teenage son and a cat and, on the other side, is a little old lady who wouldn’t say boo! to a goose.
Now, the hard-working family’s teenage son is studying music technology and all that it entails, which includes writing and playing the stuff. He practises in his room after college and some of the sounds emanating through the not-too-thick walls are weird to say the least! But, they are a nice hard-working family so we don’t mind. The husband of the nice hard-working family is a very hard worker. He mends cars for customers of a local garage and, in his spare time, he mends cars for other people. He also likes “do-it-yourself” so, if he has no cars to mend, we will often hear him banging and bashing in his garage. His wife works in an office and in her spare time she keeps their garden looking very trim. I think you will agree that they are a very nice hard-working family, and their cat is very cute.
Now the little old lady next door (who, as you may recall wouldn’t say boo! to a goose) seldom appears outside her door. She was widowed about five years ago and keeps herself to herself. We never hear a sound from her side of the house. We like neighbours like ours.
About a week ago, quite early in the morning, there was suddenly a terrific drilling, banging and bashing coming from next door. “Whatever is going on?”, I asked my beloved husband. Now, because the hard-working family are such nice neighbours we didn’t investigate further because we know that they wouldn’t intentionally cause us any unnecessary distress by their banging and bashing.
The banging and bashing and drilling continued most of the morning so I thought I’d just pop out into the back garden, re-arrange the dustbins and see what was going on.
Imagine my surprise when I saw that it wasn’t anything to do with the nice hard-working family with the teenage son and cute cat! It was the little old lady, and she was having double glazing installed!!!
Never assume anything until you‘ve checked it out!
So the message here is that there is one very important thing you must never assume. Don’t assume that you are going to Heaven just because you are an upright, hard-working citizen (just like our neighbours). It’s all very creditable, but that alone won’t get you into Heaven.
There is only one way to Heaven and that’s through Jesus Christ.
God sent His only Son to die in our place so that we may be forgiven our wrong-doings, and, therefore, can be assured of spending eternity with Him.
Jesus is not only the central point of all of scripture, He is the point on which all of history revolves. You might enjoy politics, sport, literature, etc., but none of these has any eternal significance. The only thing that has eternal significance in the history of mankind is Jesus Christ and the work that God has done and is doing through him. THAT IS THE TRUTH.
Trust in Him, and Him alone, even though the world would tell you otherwise.
John chapter 14, verses 1-6 says…….
1. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
2. In my Father’s are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.