10th October 2012

You Can’t Get To Heaven With A Sat Nav

“Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”
Acts 4:12 (The Message)

My address went into the taxi’s Sat Nav and we sped away from the airport. A little way into our journey my driver suddenly turned left: the Sat Nav seemed to be sending us down a tarmac farm-track. From the back of the car I muttered serious misgivings. I had just spent a couple of hours getting to Toronto airport, three hours at the terminal, seven hours on the overnight flight (how do people sleep on a plane?) two more hours waiting for my baggage, then traipsing through Gatwick to find the right level to connect with my taxi.  All I wanted to do was get home. I was not interested in exploring Sussex.  My driver turned the car back onto the main road. The Sat Nav adjusted to his disobedience but a few miles on, however, it directed him down another small road which was only marginally better than the first diversion. He took this obscure turn, unwilling to challenge the authority of the Sat Nav a second time.

I was getting anxious; I was wondering if I would ever reach home with a driver who was not familiar with the area and who was relying entirely on his Sat Nav. After all, under orders from this imperious 21st century technology, coaches and lorries have became wedged down narrow country lanes, cars and taxis have been driven down rivers, up farm lanes, onto railway tracks, even the wrong way up a motorway and almost over a cliff!

But I am not writing this from the back of the taxi.  This strange narrow lane did eventually link up to a known way and I finally reached my house—the temporary roof over my head.

As for my permanent home, there’s no need for worry.  The Spirit doesn’t have to enter ‘heaven’ into some spiritual Sat Nav for everyone who wants to journey there, for ‘there is no other name under heaven given among men’ to enter into our spiritual box – if we actually had one. Jesus said, ‘I am the way…’ (John 14:6 NIV). Joined in union with him we are assured that, whatever strange road we travel down in this life, we are still on course.  However doubting or anxious we may get, our destination is assured. The ‘Celestial City’ awaits us.

Let us give thanks to our heavenly Father whose will it is that we come home, to the Spirit who reveals the Way, and to the Son, our Saviour, who is the Way, the truth, and our life

Study by Hilary Buck 

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