"Mom, may I go hike the nature trails with Jon?" Max asked.
"Sure," Mom agreed. "Maybe you'll be able to tell him about Jesus again."
"Maybe," Max replied. "He's a good kid, Mom, but he thinks it doesn't matter much what you believe as long as you live right and do good."
"That's too bad," said Mom. "Nobody's goodness is good enough to enter into God's presence. There's only one way to God, and that's through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is called the door, you know--not a door, but the door."
"Yeah," said Max, "but Jon doesn't believe that. I'll try to tell him again."
Max went to meet Jon, and the boys rode their bikes to the state park where there were several nature trails. They parked the bikes in the parking lot, went through the entrance gate, and began their hike.
When they reached the top of a hill, the boys flopped to the ground to rest. "Look! I can see the parking lot." Jon pointed down the hill. "Let's cut through the woods and go down right here. That will get us to our bikes much quicker."
"But there's only one gate into the park," said Max. "We'll have to use it."
"Says who? Let's go," insisted Jon. He started down, and Max followed. They made good progress, but when they reached the bottom of the hill, a high, chain-link fence separated them from the parking lot. "I forgot about this fence!" said Jon.
"I told you we had to go through the gate," said Max. "You didn't believe me, but that didn't change the fact. Let's get back to the path."
"Yeah, well, if I had made this park, I'd have made more places to get in and out," grumbled Jon.
"But you didn't make the park," replied Max.
"Let's follow the fence to the gate," suggestedJon. "That way might be shorter."
"We tried enough shortcuts," said Max, turning to go. Jon frowned but didn't argue. "Hey, Jon!"Max exclaimed. "Remember I told you that there's only one door to get into heaven? That's like there's only one gate into the park."
Jon shook his head. "You're going to preach to me about Jesus again, aren't you? Forget it!'"
"Okay," said Max, "but remember--not believing facts doesn't change them."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you convinced that Jesus is the only way to heaven? God’s Word says there is no other way, except through Him. Many people refuse to believe this truth, but that does not change the fact. If you want eternal life, you must choose God’s way and receive Jesus as your personal Savior. He is the only door to heaven. (See the ABCs of Salvation at the right.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 10:9 (KJV)
(Jesus said) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved.
*Verse displayed is NKJV