Today’s Readings: Isaiah 43:8-13; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-7
Someone told me once (Actually, many have insisted on this.) that there are many paths up the mountain, “so I don’t want to hear about Christianity.”
Yes, there are many paths up mountains. But most of those paths do not lead to the top, and some end at cliffs. Indeed, one may be climbing the wrong mountain. In terms of saving faith, the right mountain is the mount of the living God, where there is but one way. You cannot climb the hill of any god and expect to see the God of heaven and earth. For he has declared, “Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.”
Jesus alone is the way. Apart from him, no one will go to the Father. Any other path is a way of stumbling and offense, that takes one headlong off cliffs. If however, you obey the word, believing in Christ Jesus, then you are one of God’s people, destined to receive his mercy and grace, and ultimately, to behold his glory at the top, where Jesus has prepared a place for all who believe.
Prayer: Lead me up the mountain of life, Lord, and receive me into the eternal home you have prepared for me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC and Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Advance, NC.