I Am The Path
A missionary lost his was in a jungle in
Africa. Losing one's way in such a thicket
was certain death. Nothing around him but
bush and trees and strange noises. Luckily
he came across a native who was ready to
take him to his destination. So the native
started leading the way, hacking his path
through the unmarked jungle. An hour passed
and then another hour. The missionary started
getting worried. "Are you quite sure
this is the way? Where is the path?"
The native calmly answered, "Bwana,
in this place there is no path. I am the
Jesus Christ made that claim many years earlier.
He claimed that He was the way towards Life.
And He was right. He is the real road to
Arthur Stace of Sydney Australia was gripped
by the thought that people without Christ
are destined for a lost eternity. So he would
rise early in the morning and chalk the word
eternity on the pavement throughout the city.
Eventually he became known as 'Mr. Eternity'!
Many people responded to his humble ministry
by going back to Church.
What is beautiful about our eternity is that
it will be a personalized eternity. We are
known and loved by name. One day a preacher
arrived at a country church and was introduced
to a choir member. He asked her what she
did. "I keep pigs," she replied.
"How many do you have?" he inquired.
Without hesitation she answered, "A
hundred and ninety-two at the moment."
Laughingly he responded, "Really? Are
you certain of that?" With indignation
she retorted, "Of course I am sure,
I have got names for all of them, haven't
Imagine knowing the names of 192 pigs. But
why not - if you regard them with the fondness
that woman had for her herd? If a normal
woman can name 192 pigs, I am sure God can
do better!! We may be tempted to think that
the Almighty God, who upholds galaxies upon
galaxies, can't possibly be concerned about
us and our problems. We are wrong. God knows
us by our names. He even knows the number
of our hair! "Look at the birds of the
air… Are you not of more value than they?"
God is big enough to care for our smallest
Sorry to say, many people have the wrong
idea of God. I met a beautiful young adult
who was critical of all religious activities
that we do because, she claimed, that we
do them - prayer, mass, spiritual reading,
study the Scriptures - as safety devices
to prevent God from zapping us or simply
for personal gain or approval.
"My 17-year-old daughter Julie and a
co-worker at a department store were meeting
for lunch. He had some questions about life,
and Julie was glad to talk to him about her
faith. As they sat down with their tacos,
Julie bowed her head to thank the Lord for
her food. When she looked up, her friend
said, 'I didn't pray. Will God kill me for
that?' This is how many people view God."
The good news is that Jesus Christ is a friend
who knows us well. He even knows all our
faults and still loves us. Now that is really
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