If there is only one way to Heaven, then why are there so many different ways of telling someone how he may be saved? Before trusting Christ as his Savior, the former president of a Bible college had heard from Christians all there was to know about going to Heaven — and it confused him. It was not until this man sat across a table from two soul-winners with a clear message that he came to understand the gospel. The moment they explained salvation was free, he slammed his hand on the table and said, “That’s for me!”
This man realized that Jesus Christ is the only Way to Heaven. By faith in Christ’s death and shed blood on the cross, all of his sins were forgiven. He knew he had eternal life through the resurrection of Christ. The man went on to make a great impact for His Savior.
This is a great testimony, and I am grateful for the two people who led the man to Christ. But at the same time, I cannot help wondering what might have happened if this man had heard the gospel clearly the first time. Might he have trusted Christ earlier, accomplishing even more for Him? Only God knows. The important thing for us to consider is our prerogative to make the gospel message clear with each opportunity we are given to share it.
The gospel is simple: Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. A person only needs to understand these facts and personally appropriate them by faith to be saved. When the person understands the personal connection of Christ’s sacrifice and places his trust in Him, he becomes a new creation.
What a simple message — and let’s keep it so. Our first opportunity to share the good news with someone may be their last opportunity to receive it. Keep it simple, steward. Their eternity depends upon it.
Our method of proclaiming salvation is this: to point out to every heart the loving Lamb, who died for us, and although He was the Son of God, offered Himself for our sins. — Count von Zinzendorf
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.