Luke 20:27-47

Luke 20:27-47

When you say there are many ways to heaven, you call Jesus a liar. You're not calling me a liar... I'm not the one who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me." Those were Jesus' words. Argue with him about it... I can't change His Word...There are a lot of people who believe that there is a heaven but don’t believe there’s a hell, and how do they live their lives? They may be good people. Do things a little differently than those who are living recklessly in the fast lane, but you look at their lives. They do not honor the name or the person of Jesus Christ, and they would tell you that there are many, many ways to heaven, thus calling Jesus a liar. You know what? When you say there are many ways to heaven, you call Jesus a liar. You’re not calling me a liar. You can argue with me about it all day long. I’m not the one who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me.” Those were Jesus’ words. Argue with Him about it. If you don’t like the idea that there’s only one way to heaven, talk to Him. You know what? I can’t change His Word. I’m not going to change His Word. Whether you like His Word or not, I’m not the one to talk to about it. I have a text. I follow the text. And you know what? I don’t always like what I’m reading! I don’t always care for the rules and the regulations. But the more I study, the more I find out it is not about rules and regulations. Once again, it is a perception I have obtained through life that sometimes God is hard and demanding…

What is your perception of God? What is your perception of eternity? And how does that perception cause you to live your life where Jesus Christ is concerned?…

What does that mean: seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? It is living your life now to please the One Who created you. That is seeking first the kingdom of God. Believing something about eternity; having a perception of where we’re going to; what God is going to do in us and through us and for us through eternity. Your perceptions of what’s going to happen after this life will set the tone for everything you do in this life…

We need to be very careful when we’re praying that we’re not praying for other men to hear, but that we’re praying because our heart is bent on knowing and drawing close to God our Father. It’s not about the words we use. It is about the attitude of heart that we use: why are we praying and what is it that we’re praying. God knows. He knows the difference.

Dave Elkins