I have a thirty minute drive to work and I often find myself enjoying the morning sky. The changing colors in the sky as the sun rises always amazes me at the beauty of God’s creation. My husband can assure anyone that I really am not a morning person but when I get out the door and see how God is telling me good morning, my attitude changes.
I was driving to work one morning when the air was crisp and I saw several contrails crisscrossing the sky. Contrails, short for “condensation trail,” are the white streaks planes leave behind when the hot exhaust from the plane escapes into the cold air.
Seeing the contrails allowed me to know that the planes were headed in all different directions. I only saw the evidence of a few of the thousands of flights that take place each day. People are traveling in opposing directions all the time. I then began to think of how it is the same spiritually.
People are headed in all different directions spiritually just as they are physically. So many various teachings and religious ideas are rampant in our world. People are told that there are many ways to heaven. People are told that God loves everyone and that everyone is going to heaven when they die. People are told they are their own little god and they can live life however they want. People are told God will accept them if their good deeds outweigh the bad. People are told there is no God and that this life we live is all there is. I could go on and on about the different things people believe.
But, my friend, there is only one truth and one God. There are not many ways to heaven. The airplanes that are going in different directions do not and cannot all land in the same place. A plane headed east does not land in California. A plane headed north does not land in Florida. A soul headed away from Christ does not end up in heaven.
In this day of divisiveness, it’s not always easy to speak with people about spiritual things. Everyone believes their thoughts and opinions are superior to others. I admit that in my stubbornness I also have at times thought that if everyone would just see things the way I see them then everything would be better.
God’s Word reveals to us how much He loves us. But God’s Word is also divisive. So many people focus and preach about the love of God, (and He is a loving God), and they fail to teach about the judgement of God. He will one day divide those who have trusted and accepted Christ as Savior from those who have rejected Christ. Those who have accepted Christ are headed to an eternity in heaven with God. Those who have rejected Christ are headed to hell.
Which direction are we heading in? Have we heeded that truth for ourselves? Are we helping people to know that truth?
Or maybe another way to put it, which airplane are you riding on and are you leaving a trail that will point the way to Christ for others who are watching your life?
Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know and recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ has [actually] come in the flesh [as a man] is from God [God is its source];3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus [acknowledging that He has come in the flesh, but would deny any of the Son’s true nature] is not of God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world. 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 5 They [who teach twisted doctrine] are of the world and belong to it; therefore they speak from the [viewpoint of the] world [with its immoral freedom and baseless theories—demanding compliance with their opinions and ridiculing the values of the upright], and the [gullible one of the] world listens closely and pays attention to them. 6 We [who teach God’s word] are from God [energized by the Holy Spirit], and whoever knows God [through personal experience] listens to us [and has a deeper understanding of Him]. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know [without any doubt] the spirit of truth [motivated by God] and the spirit of error [motivated by Satan]. 7 Beloved, let us [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. 8 The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] 9 By this the love of God was displayed in us, in that God has sent His [One and] only begotten Son [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind] into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath]. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way], we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:1-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)