"And He said to him, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment.'" -Matthew 22:36 (NASB)
"That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." -Romans 10:9 (NIV)
The world may tell us that it is okay to ignore certain parts of the Bible or God's plan for us. We are sometimes told that times have changed and our interpretation of the Bible must change as well. We are told that if we are better than those around us, then we are on the right track. The world wants the pathway to eternity to be based on relative goodness, not on God's absolutes.
When we read the Bible, we know that there is only one way to reach the final destination of forgiveness and everlasting life. The ONLY way for us to spend eternity in Heaven is through Jesus. Jesus tells us that He is the one way, the one truth, for being forgiven and reaching God. Without an acknowledgement that Jesus died for our sins and that we are forgiven through His sacrifice, we cannot reach eternity in Heaven.
A GPS may give us the best route for navigating the physical world, but when dealing with issues of life and death the Bible should be the GPS that we rely on for helping us navigate the issues around us. When we listen to God's word, we will know how to reach an eternity in Heaven!
Thank You for providing the Bible as a GPS for my life. Help me to understand Your word and apply it appropriately in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.