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Only One Way

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. John 10:1-6

When sharing the Gospel with others, it's an unfortunate thing to hear "I have my own personal relationship with Jesus." Why? Shouldn't I be happy when I hear this? Truth be told, most often when someone says this, what they really mean is that they are pursuing Jesus on their own terms (if at all). They're chasing their own happiness, they're seeking their own comfort, they're trying to have Jesus AND the world, and the Bible, throughout the Old and New Testaments shows us that this is a fatal mistake. Jesus said, in no uncertain terms "If you love me, you'll obey my commandments." This trying to have the world and Jesus usually stems from trying to please others while also pleasing Jesus. It's impossible to do, and if not corrected, can cost us everything. Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the key to eternity, not any works you can do, not the amount of good you acquire in your lifetime, nothing else. He paid the penalty on the cross, He buried sin in the grave, and He pulled the teeth out of death in rising from the grave. If it is all by His work alone, then it is by complying to His way that we must reach Him. There is no other way but Jesus. We can't have Jesus and the world. It is Jesus alone, or nothing. What way are you following? Seek God's word, and see if it's His way or yours.

So Jesus again said to them,“Truly, truly, I say to you,I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock,one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me,because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.This charge I have received from my Father.” John 10:7-18

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