Pastor's Pen: Getting what you want

Tom had been struggling in biology for some time. He hated the class and now the big “F” on his grade sheet meant he would be ineligible for basketball. He went to Mr. Thompkins, but it was pointless. He said, “Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your grade. You should’ve thought about this when you didn’t do your homework.”

Tom pleaded with Mr. Thompkins.

“Tom”, Mr. Thompkins said, “Your grade is just below the line. If you get a 100 percent on the next test, your grade will average out to a ‘D.’ But it has to be a 100 percent. Nothing lower will raise your grade above an ‘F.’”

That seemed impossible. His dad was a little more positive and said he would help him study. It was the only way to make the team. It couldn’t hurt to try.

Tom wanted to play basketball. The only way to do what he wanted was to earn a 100 percent on his test. A 99 percent wouldn’t do. It had to be perfect.

In John 14:6, Jesus makes this statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Most people I talk to want to go to heaven and there are many who think they know how to get there. But, like Mr. Thompkins, there is only one way. It isn’t through being good, believing there’s a god or believing everyone will get there.

The fact is that Jesus claims to be the only way. Just like a 100 percent was the only way for Tom to play basketball; Jesus is the only way to be rescued from the wrath of God to come.

There isn’t a single person in all the earth that will live in God’s kingdom unless they go through the path of Jesus Christ. There are many paths out there, but only one leads directly to the throne of your heavenly Father. Which path will you choose?