We sat at the airport and watched her. SheÂ was immaculately and expensively dressedÂ and approached the check-in desk with allÂ the confidence of an experienced traveller.
We could not hear the conversation thatÂ took place, but we could read the bodyÂ language. The clerk shook her head andÂ shrugged her shoulders. The would-beÂ travellerâ€™s bubble of confidence burst andÂ she began to cry. As she walked forlornlyÂ away, her tears mixed with her mascara,Â and ran down her face. What a change!
â€œCan we help in any way?â€ we askedÂ her. â€œNo,â€ she wept. â€œMy passport isÂ out of date and I cannot travel. I haveÂ a most important appointment at myÂ destination and now Iâ€™ve missed it. Iâ€™llÂ never have another opportunity. I thoughtÂ everything was in order. I have no time toÂ get a passport now.â€
No one could help her. Her futureÂ plans were destroyed. She depended onÂ something false for the future. What a Â disappointment! Yet multitudes make theÂ same mistake.
I wonder if you are depending onÂ something false for your future? I donâ€™tÂ mean in a physical way, but in a spiritualÂ way regarding your plans to get to Heaven.Â You may have spent a lot on the outwardÂ trappings. Your religious devotions mayÂ be in order; and your charitable natureÂ could not be questioned, but do you haveÂ the correct passport to get to Heaven?
There is only one passport that will takeÂ a sinner to Heaven, and it never needs toÂ be renewed. It is very expensive and yetÂ is freely available. The tremendous costÂ was, â€œthe precious blood of Christâ€ (1 PeterÂ 1:19). is alone has the power to cleanseÂ us from our sins (1 John 1:7). We cannotÂ do this by our works, â€œFor by grace areÂ ye saved through faith; and that not ofÂ yourselves: it is the gift of Godâ€ (EphesiansÂ 2:8).
This â€˜passportâ€™ is available for all whoÂ place their personal faith in the Lord JesusÂ Christ for their eternal destiny. â€œFor GodÂ so loved the world, that He gave His onlyÂ begotten Son, that whosoever believethÂ in Him should not perish, but haveÂ everlasting lifeâ€ (John 3:16). It will be tooÂ late for you to get the passport when youÂ leave this world. Donâ€™t be le crying, â€œIÂ thought. . .â€
â€œNow is the accepted time; behold, nowÂ is the day of salvationâ€ (2 Corinthians 6:2).
The cross of Christ is all my boast,
His blood my only plea;
My passport to the realms of bliss
Is Jesus died for me.
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