Words from the Heart for Saturday November 9th, 2019
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12 (NIV)
The Only Answer
Most Canadians don’t know their country as well as they may think, a new poll suggests. The survey, released in time for Canada Day 2019, asked a random sample of 1,645 voters 10 questions from the study guide given to those looking to become Canadian citizens. The results weren’t great. Only 12 per cent of respondents got eight or more correct answers, the threshold to pass the test. The average score was five out of 10.
As I travel the world, I meet many people, from many faiths, speaking a variety of languages. They have many things in common – they love their children, they long for peace, they work hard to put food on the table. And they are all looking for something that will give their lives purpose and meaning. Jesus knew this and it is why He came. While there are lots of options when it comes to religion and philosophies that promise to help, ultimately there is only one answer to the longings of their hearts. There is a reason for this. At the root of the human condition is sin, and so the great need is not for a teacher, or a philosopher or a religious leader, but for a saviour, a redeemer, one who can take away the sin and give a new heart. That is why Peter said in Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” If you have a longing in your heart for peace, there is only place to look – to the person of Jesus who died to take the punishment your sin deserves and has the power to remove your sin and give you peace. Trust Him.
These have been words from the heart.