The Way “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Storms of Life
A few days ago I was sitting in my car outside the doctor’s office waiting for Carol, and a tremendous storm hit the area. The rain was intense, so much so I could not see 100 feet from where I was sitting in the car. The winds were so strong it began to rock the car back and forth in such a violent manner I thought a tornado was coming through. It may seem silly, but I buckled my seat belt just in case I was about to take a “Dorothy” ride in a tornado. It took about five minutes, but the storm passed and the sun came out, and except for the huge amount of water standing in the parking lot, you would never have known there had been a storm. The question for us all is: as a “professing Christian” are you ready for “the storms” of life? If you have not had any real storms in your life, you are fortunate, but most everyone at sometime or another in their life must face a terrible storm. Many storms come and go and we endure them without devastating impact on our lives, after they pass they seem to be in the category of “normal.” But, every once in a while a massive storm moves through our lives and we really don’t know how we will make it. The bible tells us in a parable about the house (your life) Matthew – “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Is your house (life) built on rock (solid foundation) or on sand as Matthew 7:26-27 tells us? – (26) “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. (27) - And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Many “professing” Christians have built and continue to build their house (life) on sand (religion or works), they have never had the foundation rock of (Jesus). The truth is they have never been “born again.” They sit in church and hear the Word, but ignore the instruction of the Word, which is: “…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”(Acts ). Verse 25 tells us the “rain” will come in torrents, and the “floods” will rise, and the storm “winds” will beat against the “house,” it won’t collapse, for it is built on rock. Many people who sit in churches have built their “religion” on a foundation of sand, even though their “good works” may be ranked among the highest level of good deeds, it will not matter, the “house” will not hold up in this life or in the life to come. When the devastating “event” occurs in their life, they “fall away” and blame God, and you never see them again. This may be a person who has served in the church with great passion, and seemed to be “one of us,” but in the end “he was not of us” (1 Jn ). What is worse than person sitting in the pew every Sunday deceiving themselves, serving in the church, and putting on the “face” of a Christian, but when that person stands before Jesus in “that day,” Jesus will say, …. “ I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt )
If you have not “truly” accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, believing (trusting) in Him to save you for eternity, you will hear the words listed above (Matt 7:23). It will not matter how good a person you think you are or how much work you have done in the church or what church you attend, IT WILL NOT MATTER, if you have rejected Jesus (Jn 3:18) by trusting in anything you have done to get you to heaven with Him. If that is not a fact, and you refuse to accept it, then throw your bible in the trash and forget it, because you have missed the reason the Bible was written.
The Bible tells us to examine ourselves: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor 13:5)
Are you sure you are of your faith? If not, please make sure, your eternal destiny in at stake here, which will have no comparison to this “vapor” of life we have here on earth.
"The Way" is written by missionary Glen Moore based solely on his thoughts and study. If you have any comments - please email Glen at email@example.com