Every where I go, every thing I do, every song I hear, movie I see, I draw connections. Emeli Sande’s song called “River” is one I’d like to draw some connections to God’s truths.
“If you’re looking for the big adventure,
And gold is all that’s on your mind,
If all you want’s someone to take your picture,
Then I won’t waste your time.
See maybe I’m too quiet for ya,
You probably never noticed Me,
But if you’re too big to follow rivers,
How you ever gonna find the Sea?
So follow Me, I’ll be your river, river
I’ll do the running for ya
Follow Me, I’ll be your river, river
I’ll move the mountains for ya
Follow Me, I’ll be your river, river
I’m here to keep you floating
Follow Me, I’ll be your river, river
River, river, yeah
If you all want are answers to your questions,
And you can’t seem to find no love for free,
If you’re looking for the right direction,
Then darling, look for Me
See I can make the load much lighter
I just need you to confide in Me
But if you’re to proud to follow rivers
How you ever gonna find the sea?”
This song popped up on my playlist yesterday while I was driving and as I was listening to the lyrics I swore that she wrote it in the perspective of God talking to each one of us– how He longs for a relationship with us, and ultimately for us to join Him forever in Heaven. But many of us are concerned with other things: “looking for the big adventure”, “gold is all that’s on [our] mind”, and all we want is “someone to take our picture”–all human attempts at trying to find fulfillment in this life. Many of us think the whole point of life is to “live it up”. To have no regrets. To enjoy the ride. But the Bible teaches something quite different–that this life is a period of time we get where we need to make a decision to be for or against God.
So as crazy as it sounds, this song so beautifully hits the nail on the head. God has sent out an invitation to everyone. Jesus is the RSVP card. Heaven is the party. Sounds cheesy but there are many parables in the Bible used by Jesus to teach this. Everyone gets an invitation–it’s called Life. Because Jesus is the only way, and that bothers some people (that there is only one way to Heaven), many will reject the invitation.
Life is too precious and too short not to think about these things. Don’t get too busy making a living, building your life, that you don’t consider if Heaven is real, and God has laid out everything we need to know about Him in the Bible.
The Risks of Unbelief:
See, if Christians are wrong about everything, and we just kind of go no where when we die, then we have nothing to lose. But if the skeptics are wrong about God, (and any person with half a brain should always consider if they are wrong!), then they have made the biggest mistake of eternity. They will lose everything! Yet it amazes me how committed some people are to unbelief. They think that their unbelief makes it okay.
What if you went to the doctor and he told you that you had terminal cancer? Would you laugh at him and keep living your life without considering your mortality? It is NO DIFFERENT with the message of Christianity.
Read this parable below. God has quite literally given us an invitation to join Him in Heaven. Jesus used this analogy of a wedding banquet for Heaven because it so accurately describes the whole point of life. To make a choice to attend or not.
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
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In this parable, you can see that there were people who rejected God’s invitation. These are the proud people. And unfortunately, if you don’t believe Jesus is God, think Christianity is silly, and that God isn’t the God of the Bible, you are rejecting His invitation. Just because you’re skeptical, or you don’t believe, doesn’t change reality. There is NO excuse. If you think that Christianity lacks evidence you are believing the biggest lie! Jesus taught in the Bible that “BROAD is the way to destruction, and NARROW is the way to life.” (Matthew 7:13-14) It may be popular to be skeptical about Christianity, it may be popular to create your own synergy of religions, choosing from a little bit of every one like you’re at a buffet, but that is just not going to make you right with God.
The problem isn’t a lack of evidence. There are plenty of resources to answer all the skeptic’s questions. But skeptics don’t want the books, the videos, the articles, because they’ve decided to remain unconvinced. That’s why the Bible tells us that unbelief is a heart issue. It’s not a lack of evidence issue. “The heart is deceitfully wicked above all things…” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The problem is that no amount of evidence can convince someone who just does not want to believe. Some people are hard-hearted and determined not to believe in God, because it would mean surrendering to Him. It would mean he or she would have to get off the throne of his or her heart and let God take His place there. And most people just don’t want to relinquish that control. Unfortunately, they will find out too late that all us “crazy Christians” had it right and all of our beliefs are not as farfetched as the seem.
The older I get, the more I realize that only God can open someone’s eyes to the truth. I don’t really try to waste my time convincing people anymore. I realize that I can only plant seeds, and water seeds, but it is God who brings the increase.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those of us being saved it is the gift of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18.
If you’re a skeptic reading this, I pray that you won’t be “too proud to follow rivers”. I hope you carefully consider the invitation you’ve been given.
Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
He is knocking at the door of your heart, but He isn’t going to force the reality of who He is on you unless you’re humble enough to come to a place where you admit you need Him. As long as you have no need for Him, you will never find out if this “Christian God” is real or not.