You say you are? Fine! Perhaps we can travel
together. What route are you taking?
Well, what do you mean?
I mean, how do you expect to get to heaven?
Why, by living right.
Do I take it then that you are living right?
Well, yes, I try to.
And do you succeed?
Reasonably well, I think.
Not perfect, are you?
No, no one is.
But you do make an honest effort to live right?
Yes, I do.
And you believe that when you die God will take into account
your commendable efforts and welcome you into heaven?
Yes, Im hoping He will.
Let me see, I suppose we might call that the Character
route, would you say?
Yes, I think that would be correct.
Well, friend, Im sorry, but we cannot travel together,
for we are not taking the same route.
Oh? What route are you taking?
The Grace route.
The Grace route? Never heard of it. What do you mean?
Ill be glad to tell you. Incidentally, you may be
interested to know that I started out on your route, but gave
You did? Why?
Simply because I found it was the wrong way. There were
directive signs here and there, such as Be Good,
Do the Best You Can, Live Right, Play
the Game Fair, Treat Everybody Right, Live
for Others, and Be Sincere.
Yes, I see those signs, and I try to follow them.
So did I until my attention was called to some other signs
that seemed so different. These were warnings and directives
placed there by God Himself. The first one I saw read, There
is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12).
I have never seen that.
Nor had I. But immediately it made me suspicious of the
way I was taking. Then soon I came upon three signs in quick
succession. They read, There is none righteous, no not
one (Romans 3:10); All have sinned and come short
of the glory of God (Romans 3:22); and The wages
of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This hurt my ego, of course,
for it was Gods true estimate of my self-achieved goodness.
It was alarming, too, for I was convinced now that I was on the
way that leads to death; I would be shut out from God.
Was it that serious? Werent you unduly alarmed?
It was indeed serious, and my concern deepened still further
when I came upon this pointed word, By grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
God; not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians
2:8,9). I had sense enough to know that my thinking was in direct
opposition to the truth of God. I was trying to go to heaven
by my works; God said it was not by works, but by grace. I was
But if it is not by works, I dont see.....
Neither did I until He gave me another directive which
read, Him Who knew no sin (Jesus Christ) He made to be
sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of
God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). This meant to me that
Jesus Christ, the sinless One, bore the penalty of my sin (all
of it) on the cross, so that I could be forgiven and looked upon
by God as righteous; that God would accept me as His child, not
because of what I was, or could do, but because of what Christ
was and had done for me in His death and resurrection.
Certainly I believe all of that, but I dont see how
it makes the situation any different.
I felt much the same way until I fixed my eyes upon still
another of Gods signs where I read, Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16;31).
Upon seeing that I said, Yes, Lord, I do believe, not merely
the fact of Your death and resurrection, but the reason for it,
and the meaning of it. You died there in my place, and I trust
You here and now as my Savior. I believe too that I am saved,
for this is Your promise, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. God had
put me on the Grace route. I wish that you too would heed the
signs and head for heaven.
Well, what you have said is interesting, and Ill
give it some thought.
Friend, you had better think fast, for God says, Now
is the day of salvation (2Corinthians 6:2), and Boast
not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may
bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). By all means, do not ignore
that first warning sign, There is a way which seemeth right
unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death. The
Character route may seem right, but it is the devils route
to eternal death. The Grace route is Gods route to eternal
life and heaven.
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