Open Heart Surgery

All roads lead to Jesus, but not all roads lead to salvation.

My pastor made this statement this morning at church, and I had to pause and think a minute.

Ok… I had to think for more than a minute… more like several minutes.

What in the world does that mean, Pastor? After a few minutes, it clicked with me. In the context of his sermon, he explained it perfectly, and it made perfect sense.

Essentially, he said that we will all see Jesus one day. Either we will see Him as He welcomes us into heaven, or we will see Him in judgment.

All roads lead to Jesus.

However, not all of us will make the choice to accept salvation. There is only one way to do that. John 14:6 says,

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

Romans 6:23 says,

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 says,

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Not all roads lead to salvation. 

We can only be saved by coming to Jesus, believing in Him in our hearts, feasting on the Bread of Life.

If you’re not saved, the first part of this blog post is for you. Read those verses. Read the entirety of Romans or the book of John. Relish the love story that is your Savior dying on the cross for your sins. Reach out to me if you have any questions. I’m here for you… no judgment whatsoever.

If you’re like me, a person who has already trusted Jesus as Savior, you might be thinking, “What’s in this blog post for me?” The second part of this post is just for you, friend… and for me, too.

Let’s perform some open heart surgery on ourselves, Christian friends.

Here’s what God has told me recently.

I’m on the “right” road to Jesus because I’ve accepted salvation, but I have to ask myself a few questions… and be brutally honest in my answers.

  1. What’s my heart’s condition?

If I were to perform “heart surgery” on myself, what would I see? Would I see someone who was earnestly seeking Jesus? Would I see sincerity, integrity, character, a hunger and thirst for Jesus? Or would I see a scene from Aladdin?

2. Do I treat Jesus like a genie?

If I’m honest with myself (and that’s what I’m trying to be… it’s pointless otherwise for growth to occur), I treat Jesus like a genie more often than I care to admit. I come to Him with my problems, and I want the solutions that I have crafted up in my mind. I don’t care what His will is in those moments… I just want what I want when I want it.

Sobering and humbling words to write.

Transparency.

But Jesus.

He can always change our heart’s condition, and thank You, Lord, for bringing my heart condition to my attention!

3. He’s asking, “Can I be the provision that you need each day?” 

Will I go to Him daily for the provision I need?

Honest answer: I’m going to fail. I’m going to rely on myself, or others, or something else to meet my need. I’m human. I’m sinful… the worst of the worst in need of a Savior.

But I’m fervently praying that I will allow Him to be my provision from this day forward, and I’m fervently praying for YOU too, reader. Let’s let Him be the provision that we need.

John 6:35 says,

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being hungry and thirsty.

When I rely on other things besides Jesus for my provision, I literally can feel my soul dying of starvation and dehydration.

Not exaggerating. Not lying. I CAN FEEL IT. And I won’t tolerate it any longer.

I want to leave you with the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. You can listen to The Gospel here. Please read the entirety of these lyrics. I believe that you will be glad that you did.

A restless generation
We’re turning over every stone
Hoping to find salvation
In a world that’s left us cold
Can we get back to the altar?
Back to the arms of our first love
There’s only one way to the Father
And He’s calling out to us
To the captive, it looks like freedom
To the orphan, it feels like home
To the skeptic, it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world, where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light, in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel
The Gospel that makes a way
It’s the Gospel that makes a way
It’s the cure for our condition
It’s the good news for us all
It’s greater than religion
It’s the power of the Cross
So can we get back to the altar?
Back to the arms of our first love
There’s only one way to the Father
And He’s calling out to us
To the captive, it looks like freedom
To the orphan, it feels like home
To the skeptic, it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world, where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light, in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel
The Gospel that makes a way
It’s the Gospel that makes a way
It’s the Gospel that makes a way!
It’s the Gospel that makes a way
The amazing news of the Gospel
Is not that we can receive Jesus into our lives
But that He’s already received us
Into​ His
In my own life, it means forgiveness
When I know I deserved the fall
It called me out of my darkness
And carried me to the Cross
In a moment, my eyes were opened
In that moment, my heart was changed
Like a blinding light, in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel
Oh To the captive, it looks like freedom
To the orphan, it feels like home
To the skeptic, it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world, where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light, in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel
The Gospel that makes a way
It’s the Gospel that makes a way (makes a way)
It’s the Gospel that makes a way (makes a way)
It’s the Gospel that makes a way (makes a way)
It’s the Gospel
The Gospel that makes a way
Captive?
Orphan?
Skeptic?
Genie lamp wisher?
Can WE get back to the altar and into the arms of OUR First Love?
“Abide in Me, and I in you…” John 15:4a
Much love,
Macey
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*Picture above is not my own*

*Blog post inspired by my study of Finding I AM by Lysa TerKeurst*

 

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