Shortcuts to God

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Self-help books.

Besides school texts, self-help books are probably the most numerous species of literature thriving in my in-home shelf habitat.

For some reason, I have had quite an interest in the past years in learning how to make life better.

Do these things and…….this will happen.

Think this way and…….this occurs.

There are so many “you can make big changes on your own if you read this” books out there on the market.

Lose weight.

Gain weight.

Get happy.

Stay happy.

Get rich.

Get simple.

Get more.

Get less.

Wear this.

Don’t wear that.

Whatever you want to improve, there’s probably a written guide somewhere to help you achieve your goal.

These written offerings can be quite insightful.

I have personally learned a lot through the years by purchasing books here and there that have spoken toward my eventual success in some area.

The fact is, I get to choose what to read.

If the words on the page suggest unlikely shortcuts to my goal, a red flag of concern should go up.

I shouldn’t even hope to lose ten pounds in a week or look ten years younger in a month.

Changes like that must take time to be effective and not harmful.

Shortcuts to success are not usually a true way to success at all.

What about shortcuts to God?

John 14:6 reads,

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Think of it this way:

Suppose a 5k race is scheduled on a path around a large lake.

Runners must stay on the path and arrive on the other side at the finish line.

There is one person in charge at the finish line to verify who has crossed by them.

Anyone trying to take a shortcut by running over a bridge to get to the other side of the lake will miss the proper finish line and will be disqualified.

There are so many shortcuts to God that are promoted.

If you are just good enough, you will go to Heaven.

If you give of yourself, volunteering or working for others, you will go to Heaven.

If you achieve a particular goal in life, you will go to Heaven.

The list could go on and on.

The problem with these statements is, none of them says that we must come to God through Jesus.

They are like a bridge that will not lead to the true finish line.

If we want to find our way to God, the Bible tells us how.

Do these things and…….this will happen.

If we put our faith and trust in Jesus as our Savior, repenting and asking for forgiveness, we will live forever in Heaven when we die.

Think this way and…….this occurs.

If we believe that God is faithful and that He has forgiven us, we feel a peace and inner joy knowing that fact.

No shortcuts.

Only the way, the truth and the life.

 

 

Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.

–Matthew 7:13-14  The Message

 

 

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