Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Friday, May 6, 2016
A recent business trip reminded me of the familiar caution given to passengers before the departure of every flight: “If Boise is not your final destination this morning, now would be a good time to make a change of aircraft.” Along with the standard safety messages, the flight attendants on each flight sought to confirm I was heading in the right direction.
The airlines make it very clear they want you to enjoy the flight, but they also understand their responsibility to help you end up in the correct location. It is up to each passenger to listen to the announcement and either verify the destination or get on another plane going to the correct city. Though rare, it always brings a few chuckles from those on board when a passenger realizes he or she has boarded the wrong flight. The red-faced passenger sheepishly heads for the exit and, hopefully, will double check the next plane they board will land at their desired destination.
God makes announcements in our lives to inform us how we also need to verify our final destination for eternity. He, too, takes His responsibility in guiding our lives very seriously. Unlike the airline companies, however, which can take us to a multitude of different destinations here on Earth, we have only two destination choices for eternity, Heaven or Hell. It is up to each of us to examine the evidence God’ provides and decide which destination we desire.
God gave us His Holy Word to assist us in our choice of final destinations. In Scripture, He covers all aspects of the salvation plan, including our destination choices. It is as simple as John 3:16, we just need to believe in His Son Jesus Christ. He does not try to hide the details of salvation; it’s a straight-forward plan that can be understood by all. As with the airlines, He makes His message crystal clear. Just as those who looked upon the snake Moses raised up in the desert to save the Israelite, we look to Jesus Christ who was raised up on the Cross for our salvation. It is our belief in Him as Savior that allows us to reach our final destination in Heaven.
As passengers on aircraft, we tend to joke about the announcement and laugh at how disoriented someone must be to get on the wrong airplane. In real life, those who are not bound for Heaven tend to joke about the need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, sometimes accusing Christians of being disoriented. Unfortunately, a person’s final destination is no laughing matter. Fortunately, God makes His announcement more than one time during our lifetime, just in case we aren’t listening or aren’t interested in listening. But if we don’t make the right choice before we die, we will not enjoy our final destination.
Ironically, God did not create Hell for people. The intent of Hell was to sequester Satan and his rebellious angels. God does not want people to perish and spend eternity in Hell (2 Peter 3:9). Nevertheless, many people refuse the free offer of salvation and end up there.
If you were to die right now, where would you spend your eternity, Heaven or Hell? Are you absolutely sure? If not, your mission today is two-fold – be sure your final destination is Heaven and check to see that others are headed to the same place you are – Heaven. There is only one way there and that is through God’s Son Jesus Christ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5). If you are not sure of your own salvation, pray to confess your sins and to accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior.
For those who are sure of your final destination, try to find an opportunity to reach out to someone who is lost. Most of us would consider it normal to assist a fellow passenger on an airplane if they were going to the wrong place; how much more normal and important it is to steer people to the correct final destination for eternity. Don’t miss your chance today to steer someone in the right direction.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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