My wife’s father, certainly one of my best friends, was notorious for taking shortcuts while driving on family vacations. As a young man, he had driven a Mayflower Moving Van all across the U.S and knew the basic road network. In addition, he had a wonderful sense of direction. Off we’d go down a side road and across country to save a mile or a minute. He was usually right.
On one occasion, we had started our Canadian vacation later than he wanted. Somewhere in central Indiana, he turned off the major highway and took a side-road. We registered only token resistance at first. He seemed so sure he knew a shortcut. The road continued to narrow until eventually we were on a gravel road. Finally, the road appeared to be someone’s lane. Persistent in his conviction, we ultimately ended up in a farmer’s barn lot.
While there are occasionally viable shortcuts on many roads of life, there are no shortcuts to heaven! In John chapter 14, Thomas expressed concern about knowing the way to heaven. “Jesus said to him, ‘ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6, NKJ). Peter speaking in Acts 4:12 (NKJ) said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
When people offer an easier way, a shortcut, or perhaps another way, I would rather trust Jesus and divinely inspired scripture. A shortcut could end up in a place far worse than a barn lot. Paul speaking to the Corinthians said, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
No Shortcuts – Jesus Is The Way
~ Brother Roy