Memorise Acts 4:12
“Neither is there salvation in any other…”
Living in this age, we have a culture of wanting to have “options”, “individualism” and “self-determination”. By and large, while it is good to have options to give us the flexibility to achieve a certain objective in various ways, we soon find that matters pertaining to spiritual truth cannot be approached with this attitude.
Believing that salvation lies in Jesus alone would seem narrow-minded, intolerant and even bigoted by those who do not know Christ, but truth is not determined by popular opinion, votes or consensus. Some people who reject Christ as the one and only Saviour of the world do so because they either cannot accept that the Gospel is absolute and non-negotiable or are afraid to be seen as an intolerant bigot. To reject the gospel in the former instance is to be intentionally ignorant. To do so in the latter instance is plain vanity. Neither is good as both lead to damnation (Matthew 12:31).
God sent Jesus to the world as the only way in which any sinner can be saved and not one of many. God makes no allowance for alternative options, individual opinions or human input into His plan of salvation. Either we accept His gracious but narrow way to heaven, or the broad way to hell.
Dear teen, our prayer for you is that you now fully understand God’s marvellous plan of salvation and how Jesus is mighty to save. Having been grounded in such truths, our prayer is also that you will stand steadfast when required to take a stand for Christ. You might sometimes worry about offending others or feel embarrassed for standing up for Jesus and proclaiming that only Jesus saves and none other. By the way, none of the so-called founders of other religions died and rose again. We stand on the Word of God. We would never fail to publicly acknowledge a dear friend who risked his life to save ours no matter how shabby he looks, so why should we treat Jesus any differently?
Thought: If I am ashamed of Jesus, then Jesus shall also be ashamed of me on that great Day of Judgment before God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us the strength and courage to witness for Jesus and glorify His name in every circumstance.