"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"1
Not so long ago I had an urgent phone call from a good friend in Australia—one of my closest friends when I was growing up. Two of his granddaughters on their way to a Bible College in Florida were stranded at the Los Angeles International Airport. My friend wanted to know if there was any way I could help them as their passport and entry papers were not in order. We offered to have them stay over with us until this got sorted out. No chance. They were not allowed out of the airport and we were not allowed to see them—not that we could have done anything, but it would have been nice to at least give them a sympathetic ear.
They were put on the next plane and sent back to Australia.
How terribly disappointing it was for them. They were just kids and didn't know any better
as their travel agent hadn't given them the correct instructions. The good news
is that all was corrected and they were able to return to the U.S. and attend college
This is a good reminder about making sure that we have our passport for heaven. All religions, as many would have us believe, do not lead to heaven. Good works, as many others claim, will not get us into God's heaven either. There's only one way and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ who has paid the ransom price for all our sins and wrongdoings through His death on the cross. There is no other way.
Accepting Jesus as your Savior provides your passport for entry into heaven. Whatever you do, don't leave earth without it. Unlike our friends from Australia, there will not be a second chance to come back to get it right.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that You gave Your Son, Jesus, to pay the ultimate sacrifice in giving His life as a ransom price to pay for the penalty of all my sins, and that in accepting Him as my Savior gives me my 'passport' to heaven. Please help me to be sure that I have my passport to heaven. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
For your passport to heaven be sure to read the article, “Passport for Heaven” at: http://www.actsweb.org/passport.php
1. John 14: 6 (NIV).