Directions to Heaven

October 28, 2007 at 8:32 pm (Christian life) (, , , , , )

You get in the cab, the driver says, “Where do you wanna’ go?” “Heaven,” you respond. Okay, maybe that’s a little far-fetched, but we all want to go to Heaven, right? If such a place really exists? Well, Heaven is a real place and you can really get there from Lafayette, but not by Cab. What follows are your directions to Heaven from where you live. Like most directions, if you skip a step or toss them aside, you won’t reach your destination, so pay close attention.

Lost. Ever been lost? I mean really lost? Remember the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realized just how lost you were? Well, the first step to getting to Heaven is to realize that you are lost. In talking about this, the Bible says that, spiritually speaking, we have all turned aside and have not known the way of peace. Once I was travelling from Lexington, Ky to a small town near Louisville, Ky. I was beginning to wonder if I was headed the right way when I realized I was heading for Cincinnati, Ohio! I was on the wrong interstate! I had begun to realize I was a little lost, but had no idea exactly how lost I was. Like me, you, along with the rest of the humans on this earth may be much more lost than you have even realized. Many will tell Jesus of the great spiritual things they accomplished in their lifetime, only to hear Him reply, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”

Reckless Driving. Not only must you understand that you are lost, but God even calls you a law-breaker. Once, when I was sixteen, I was trying out my new driver’s license with my friend as the co-pilot. Next thing I know, I’m seeing blue-lights behind me and trying to come up with a reason for going 90mph in a 45mph zone at night with no headlights on. Several days later, in court, I pled guilty to the charge of reckless driving. There is just no excuse for that! One day you will also stand before the most righteous Judge in the universe with no excuse for breaking His perfect law. It doesn’t matter how many laws you have broken—that is, how many sins you committed—one is enough to be declared “guilty.”

Bridge Out! Well, now you’ve gone from bad to worse, right? The situation is even worse than you may have thought. You’re lost, you’re guilty—what other good news do I have for you? Unfortunately, I do have more. There is a big distance between Heaven and Earth (ever try to touch the sky?). This distance is way too big to cross with a “clean” driving record. You’ll run out of gas every time. What I mean is, you can’t bridge the separation between you and God with good works, hard work, righteous relatives, or anything else you might do. Ever since the Garden of Eden, there has been a huge chasm between mankind and God with no bridge in sight!

One Way. No bridge, that is, except one! The cross of Jesus is the bridge to Heaven! He has bridged the gap! Because he is fully God and fully man, because He never committed one sin, and because He took the punishment designed for sinners just like you and me, you may now have a way to Heaven! Things are starting to look up! There are several different ways to get across the Wabash River and travel from Lafayette to West Lafayette, but this bridge is not like that. Jesus said, “ I am the way . . . . No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is the way! Remember how I said you have to realize that you’re lost before you can begin to follow these directions to Heaven? Well, there’s good news! Jesus said that He came to seek and to save the lost! So, not only is Jesus the Way, but He actively pursues lost people just like you and me to help us find our way to Heaven! So, what is this way?

Can You Give Me Directions? “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” “Whosoever will may come.” This is good news right from God’s roadmap to Heaven—the Bible. If you truly desire to know God and to be with Him in Heaven, this is the answer. So, what does the Bible say is the path to Heaven?

U-turn. The Bible says that we have all gone our own way. This means that you, like me and so many others, have gone the way that seems right to you. The Bible talks about this: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” If you continue doing your own thing, you will not experience the eternal life of Heaven, but the eternal death of Hell. The remedy for this is to do a u-turn from following your own way, even if it did seem right to you at first, and follow Jesus. In other words, to repent –to reconsider, or to change your line of thinking resulting in action.

Let Me Drive. The next step after turning from your sin is to scoot over and let Jesus drive. I know it sounds corny, but I like the illustration and here’s why: when you let someone drive, you are putting your life in their hands—you are putting faith in that person. Christ calls us to put our faith in Him –to trust that He has paved the way to Heaven for you and that you can’t get there any other way.

Stop. Remember our cab driver at the beginning? Actually, he asked the wrong question. It doesn’t really matter where you want to go—we all want to go to Heaven. What He should have asked is, “Where ya’ headed?” This is the question that I am asking you to answer for yourself. Where are you headed? Stop and think. Give yourself an honest answer. Are you on the broad road, or are you on the narrow road?

Exit. Jesus said that there are only two roads that all people are travelling on: the broad road or the narrow road. You have always been on this wide interstate road headed straight for Hell, but if you are willing, you can call out to Jesus in repentance and faith and make a quick exit onto the narrow country road headed for Heaven. It’s easier to stay with the majority and head down the wide comfortable road, but those on the narrow road, though it is tough, would never want to forfeit their right to see if the next turn will be the one that leads to their final destination.

Fork in the Road. You have come to a fork in the road. Will you choose life through Jesus’ death? Or will you choose death with all the other folks who seem to be living it up?

Watch for Sudden Stops. I would not be kind, if I did not warn you of the consequences. Death is unavoidable and unpredictable. Recently, in one year alone, 42,815 people were killed in fatal car accidents. You only die once, and then comes the judgment. I don’t know about you, but when I face the Judge that judges even our thoughts, intentions, and every careless word, I would much rather show Him Jesus’ perfect record than my pitiful excuse for “good deeds.”

Construction Ahead. If you chose life, you have chosen well. Let me give you an idea what you can expect. You can expect things in your life to be different. “If anyone is in [Jesus] Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” Your desires will be different. You will have a new roadmap (the Bible) and a new Guide (the Holy Spirit). This will mean you will want to make time to learn the Bible and talk to God in prayer. Of course, there will be bumps and potholes in the road, but there will also be plenty of rest stops where you can be refreshed by spending time with other travelers on the straight and narrow road. This means that you will want to fellowship with other believers in a church. May the Lord bless you on your journey!

If you have been impacted by reading this or if you have questions, please contact me.

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1 Comment

  1. wally said,

    thank you for your message, verry well writen. I Was preparing for my sermon this sunday and just needed to read or hear about the road that leads 2 life. my message is intitleled. I BRING U GOOD NEWS thanks. one question i have is that in your article you didn’T mention baptism, and jesus was baptised. SO i have one question to ask you; do you belive that we need to be baptised?

    Note from semper: yes, i believe that we need to be baptized, IF we are truly bound for Heaven. just to clarify, however, no, i do not believe that we need to be baptized SO THAT we may get to Heaven.

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