Isn’t There Some Other Way?
” Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Isn’t There Some Other Way?
People often seem offended by claims that Jesus is the only way to God. This attitude shows that they simply don’t understand the nature of God. We can see the core of their misunderstanding in a question they ask: “How can a loving God allow anyone to go to hell?”
The answer in a nutshell is that God doesn’t send people to hell; they go because of their own choices. From the time of Adam and Eve, mankind has had a self-willed, grasping, prideful nature we call sin. And sin cannot survive in the presence of God, who is loving, but also holy, righteous, and just. His very nature would destroy sinful mankind. This is why the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). So how could God resolve this dilemma and save us?
The Godhead—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—made an astounding decision. Jesus, God the Son, would take upon himself human flesh. He would become the God-man. In the Gospel of John it says, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14, NASB). When Jesus was executed on the cross, God accepted his death as a substitute for ours. It is as if a judge were to sentence a convicted man (because justice demands it) and then take the place of that man to serve the sentence. At the cross, the just and righteous nature of God was satisfied, and the penalty was paid for our sins.
At this point many people ask the natural question, “Why couldn’t God just forgive without requiring any payment?” They don’t realize that forgiveness always has a price. For example, let’s say my daughter breaks a lamp in my home. I hug her and say, “Don’t cry, honey. Daddy loves you and forgives you.” People who hear that story might say, “That’s exactly what God ought to do.” Then comes the question, “Who pays for the lamp?” The fact is, I do.
This is what God has done for us: he has said, “I forgive you.” But he paid the price for the forgiveness himself through the Cross. It’s a payment that Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius, or any other religious or ethical leader cannot offer. No one can pay the price by “just living a good life.” It is true: there is no other way but Jesus.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
All those suffering from the effects of COVID-19
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!