As I was driving home from work today, I noticed several things. First of all – coming the back way, I was on a long straight stretch. The road went on and on with fields on every side. When we first left Poplar Bluff, I was in a line of cars, but slowly, all, but one, turned off, on one side or the other. That one car followed me for miles before I was finally the only one on the road going in the direction towards home. Now, there were several cars who passed me, but they were going in the wrong direction. They weren’t heading towards home, like I was. I had to stay on the road until I made it home. Far in front of me, I could see those who had gone that way before, and in my rear view mirror, I could barely see a car behind me. They were following me.
This got me to thinking about the “road to heaven.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the way and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) The road to heaven is straight. At times, there may be many who are traveling the road beside us, but for some reason or another, they turn aside and follow that way no more, just as there are some Christians who have “left their first love.” (Revelation 2:4) If I had followed them, I would have never gotten home. I had to stay on the straight path – even if I had to travel alone for a short time. There may be many folks traveling in the wrong direction, but you have to realize that that’s the WRONG DIRECTION and turn back to the truth. You can never say – “I’ve gone far enough,” until you make it to heaven. On the road to heaven, there are many faithful Christians who have gone on before us. They have shown us the way. They’re also those who are watching us now and coming behind us. What example are you leaving?
We are all on the road to eternity. We must make sure that we’re on the “right road,” going in the “right direction,” and we continue being “faithful unto death” (Revelation 2:10b), so that heaven will be our eternal home. God Bless, Courtney