The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

This claim and declaration by Jesus is sobering in the uttermost. No one comes to the Father except through me.” No one (not a single person, individual, not a soul) - No one!

According to Jesus’ own claim in the gospel which the Church has been given to proclaim to the ends of the earth, no one will find the way to an eternity with God without finding Jesus in this life first. He is the only way. Oh yes, the gospel is wonderful, but it’s terrifying too.

A preacher once said, “If what’s in the bible isn’t true then it doesn’t matter, but if it is true nothing else matters!” Friends, it’s not as if we are all on a train heading to a pleasant destination and the Christians simply get to travel first class with lots of blessings along the way, with everyone else in the world travelling further back in other carriages. There are no other carriages! Jesus is the way, the truth, the life; He is the only way to God.

So, what if our friends aren’t interested or have decided they don’t need a faith in their lives to get through this life? Then we pray thatl their hearts are opened. Only the Holy Spirit can show a life its need of a Saviour. Preaching the gospel without the anointing of the Holy Spirit does more harm than good. Pray for the fire of the gospel in your heart until the salvation of a soul is your very life and breath. Be urgent, live ready: that means we must live in such a way that the flame of the gospel is burning inside us - and keeps burning. That’s what it is to live a holy life, like carrying a candle in a wind*, as one writer put it. Pray that God gives us a clear understanding of the gospel and the anointing of the Holy Spirit to share it. The time is short.

*Gerhardt Tersteegen 1697-1769