All Paths lead to God

“All paths lead to God.” I really wish this were true. If it were, I wouldn’t have to feel so concerned for those who are following a path other than Christianity.

 I have studied many world religions and philosophies. I have met people around the world who follow paths other than Christianity, and many of them seem to live lives of integrity, peace and love. But Jesus makes it very clear that unless the path leads to the Cross, it does not lead to the One, True and Loving God. The Cross truly changes everything. I can’t think of one other religion or philosophy that includes anything like the Cross; a Savior who takes on our sin so that we can be forgiven of it and set free. We are all Barabbas, a thief and rebel who was freed in exchange for Jesus’ conviction.

 I sometimes think lightly of my own sin because of God’s grace. But when I read about the torture and humiliating abuse perpetrated against innocent Jesus on behalf of my sin, I think again about it’s severity. What Jesus endured was God’s wrath for my sin, and for the sins of the world. It makes me see sin as utterly disgusting.

 I hate it, what Jesus went through. I hate that sin put Him through it. And then, I realize this must be one small measure of how much God hates it. Reading through the Passion narrative always returns me to my knees with deep remorse for my sin, and deep gratitude for Jesus taking my sin upon himself (substitutionary atonement.)

 Life can be downright brutal. Jesus experienced brutality at its depth, and redeemed it. The path of the Cross is the only path that sees the world, our human depravity, and our divine potential as it truly is. May we be faithful leading others to the Cross of death that leads to life.

 I encourage you, this Resurrection season to be praying deeply for those in our church and community and in your life who don’t yet know Jesus as their Savior. Maybe THIS will be their year of Salvation!
 
Written by Sheila Wilimitis, Director of Discipleship and Outreach at Delphi UMC


April 2017 News



Bonked

I have often joked that if God wants to speak to me, He will have to bonk me over the head!  I’m not like those who seem to hear God speaking to them; I seem to second guess if it is actually God or just my mind trying to think it is God.

 

That changed last week. 

 

Upon hearing some disheartening news, I immediately started to feel nervous and anxious. I got myself all worked up worrying about a situation I had no control over. I began to run through scenarios in my head, only to stress myself out even more. And while this behavior is very self-destructing, it is normal for me. I tend to think of the negative in a situation, and always plan for the worst. 
 
 
Fast forward to 30 minutes after hearing my bad news:  My phone randomly made this weird noise. I swiped it and realized I didn’t recognize the notification at the top. Out of habit, I almost deleted it without looking at it. When I did look at it, I saw it was a Bible verse. What???  How did THAT get there? Never has a Bible verse just popped up on my phone. For some reason, I hesitated and then read it. It said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and also trust in me.” John 14:1. I paused as I was awestruck… 

 

How that notification got there was beyond me, but it was meant for me at that specific time. I interpreted the verse as God saying, “Girl, chill out. I’ve got this!”

 

GOD JUST BONKED ME OVER THE HEAD!

 

Did I continue to worry and stress over this issue? At times, yes. But then I stopped and pulled up that verse on my phone and re-read it. Again. Over and over. Until I had it memorized.

 

And here’s the icing on the cake:  In less than three days, the issue resolved itself—perfectly, and on its own. I had nothing to do with the solution. I just waited and trusted that God would have this. And, like always, He did. 

 

–Sarah Cross