“For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”
It’s summer time. Time to dig out the camping equipment and dust off the camper. If your family is like mine, I long for an adventure. With my family in mind, I meticulously plan our route ahead of time. I get lost even with a map and my husband detests asking for directions.
Since I’m the navigator for this adventure, I meticulously scan the map spread out on the kitchen table. “Oh, Lord, help me! You know I get lost even with a map.” With squinting eyes, I twist that map sideways, backways and upside down. “Why do they make these maps so complicated?” Scratching my head, I mumble “What is my destination?” Twisting the map facing north, I see my location. “What is the most direct route?” mumbling to myself. What I need is a road. Long or short, two lanes or four lanes, any road will do. Wrong! Only one road leads to my campsite.
God also, has a destination for everyone. A narrow road with clearly marked signs. All are welcome, but few have a map or know the entrance. Come! Let me help you plan your route to God’s destination. The Romans Road, is the only route? Come on, it is an easy trip. You will love it, trust me.
Your first direction involves a stop at “Sin City”. Before stopping, carefully consider this instruction. “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3: 23 NLT) You wonder does God mean “all” have sinned? I ask myself that question everyday. Especially, when I lie. Yes, I still tell “a little white lie” In God’s book - there is no such thing as “a little white lie” - those lies we tell to get ourselves out of trouble. Before entering this place, what is God’s standard for behavior? “So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeble because it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6: 18 NLT) God always keeps His promises and never lies. Ouch! Did I catch you on that one? Come on! Do not flee from this city. Just admit you tell lies and do not always keep your promises.
Have no fear; there is hope for you and me. What you need is a gift to continue on this road. Who has your gift? “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5: 8 NLT) Your gift is the forgivenness from Jesus.
Instructions number two. Listen carefully before entering “Pay Up Alley”. This is a rough town. Remember, those promises you didn’t keep and the lies - time for this: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23 NLT) If you don’t accept the gift of forgivenness, you take a detour to another destination. Do you want to detour to a hot, dry never ending place of frustrations? NO!
Almost there! I see them! I see them! Do you see the lights of “Declaration City”? Come on! Hurry Up! Hurry Up! Here is your final instruction: “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” (Romans 10: 9, 10 NLT) Do you believe? Tell someone. If not, don’t hesitate to ask for help about God’s map to heaven - God’s destination for everyone.