My wife and I took a road trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania a couple years ago. We enjoyed a wonderful weekend of peace and solitude in a lovely 18th century Victorian Bed and Breakfast nestled in the back hills of Amish farm country. In looking for interesting things to do on our stay, the innkeeper suggested we join a local Amish family on their farm for an evening of local culture and a wonderful home-cooked dinner. At first, we hesitated at the thought of dining with strangers, but then after a minute of reconsideration and prompting from the innkeeper, we thought, why not? Let’s try it. It could be fun. So, we did.

The folks at the inn then gave us specific detailed directions to the Amish farm. They warned of winding turns and narrow roads. Leave before dark, they suggested strongly.

With good intentions we left a bit late and found ourselves driving through the countryside at dusk. My wife read the directions from the copilot seat of our car and I proceeded to drive as she directed. Turn after turn, through curves and hills, the landscape grew darker. We made our final way through the Pennsylvania hills and fields with little light, but for a rising full moon. In following the directions exactly as given we soon arrived in front of a large, two-story farmhouse.

A gas lantern by the front door dimly lit the white clapboard siding on both sides of the weathered front steps. Crossing our fingers, we hoped that it was the right house. We soon found it was. We were greeted by a wonderful family with five little children. That night we got to know them and other wonderful guests from around the world. We enjoyed a wonderful time of social interaction and a wonderful home cooked meal. It was one of the most delightful evenings we had ever experienced.

Thinking back, we realize that if we hadn’t followed the directions given to us exactly as they were given, we would have never arrived at our destination. We would have missed everything. This is also true about eternal life. Did you know that God has given us specific instructions on how we get to heaven at the end of our earthly life? Heaven is an eternal destination, one that we can arrive at and enjoy throughout eternity.

We are specifically reminded in John 14:6 that there is only one way to eternal life. To see heaven we must go through the son, Jesus Christ, to the one true Father in heaven. Some people would have you believe that all roads lead to heaven. According to God’s word, they don’t. Some say, “God is forgiving and the way to heaven is variable.” Forgiving yes, variable He is not. Nothing could be further from the truth. A personal relationship with Jesus by inviting Him into your life is the only way to heaven and eternal life.

God in His love for us and His desire that none would miss the gift of eternal life, gives us specific directions for our journey in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and whoever believes upon Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” In Matthew 7:13 Jesus tells us there is a narrow road with a strait gate to eternal life, and few will enter into it.

I pray that today you choose God’s path to eternal life. Don’t miss this wonderful destination. By asking Jesus into your life He seals your heavenly future with eternal life.

May God bless you richly and often.

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The Rev. Dalton Lilly is with Narrow Road Ministries in Chancellorsville

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