The scripture for today, October 3, is John 10:3ff as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
First of all, we use the term saved/salvation so loosely, we tend to forget what we are being saved from. We are being saved from hell! This is not a minuscule matter.
Second, how do we avoid hell? Through Jesus. This is the only way!
How many of us have been to funerals where the deceased was preached into heaven? So many people believe they are “good enough” or “not too bad” and so God would be horrible to not let them into heaven. Such people will climb in through windows so to speak into enter heaven as the “thieves and robbers” Jesus referred to.
But heaven is God’s home, not ours. He has a gate into it, just like we have doors on our houses. Just like we are not obligated to open the door into our home to just anyone, God is not obligated to open his gate to just anyone. Our door and God’s gate are there for a reason.
Let us enter heaven through the gate ~ Jesus. Then God will smile and say, “Welcome home.”