A young girl wanted desperately to get closer to God. One night she had a dream. In the dream she wanted to climb a high cliff to get to God at the top. She tried and tried again, but couldn’t get very far. Tired and sad, she was ready to give up and climb down. Then she noticed a trampoline at the bottom of the cliff. She let go, and bouncing up off the trampoline, landed at the very top-with God!
How do we get close to God? By using God’s trampoline and that is Jesus. We can’t get to God by “trying to climb a cliff”, our efforts to live moral and religious lives. Jesus came to set us free from the lie that we can save ourselves. We need the trampoline that God has provided through Jesus dying for our sins. John 14:6 the bible says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
What do the world religions all have in common? I like how Ravi Zacharias puts it in one of his teachings entitled “A builder of walls~Nehemiah” They all attempt to explain how to reach God . Buddhism has the eight fold path, Islam has its Five Pillars of Laws, Hinduism has Karma, Judaism has the Torah. So what makes Christianity different? And the answer will shock you, “Its by the grace of God and not our works.”
God’s mission to reach us, since we can’t get to him through our efforts, God in his grace demands only that we use the trampoline he himself has provided. As we trust in Christ, we can overcome troubled hearts, the fear of death, and ignorance concerning who God really is. In Jesus, we find the way, the truth, real life and God himself. Choose Jesus today.