The Right Route

“Where exactly did you send your information?” asked the voice at the other end of the line. “You have to follow the instructions exactly and route the upload through the URL given you on your sheet.”

“But I followed the instructions,” I whimpered. “I downloaded pages of instructions and followed them carefully. I sent the data right to my site. I didn’t see any other URL or a place to route the data through another link.”

“But you have to send your data through a certain channel or it won’t upload to your website,” the woman in Customer support explained. She paused, likely to consult her computer screen. “And it isn’t here.”

“But I did upload it. My computer spent almost TWO HOURS uploading it to my site. It has to be there somewhere!”

I sighed. Most of my morning gone, multiple pages from three different sources explaining in detail “How to Install WordPress” lying here and there. When the upload was complete and said “successful” I’d patted myself on the back. I did it! I figured it out and installed this program on my new website – by myself. Now I couldn’t access it.

An author needs a website, I’ve been told, so I started mine up again yesterday, then tried installing WordPress website software, only to learn after a couple of hours that I’m not smart enough to do it! All my effort was in vain. Then I phoned my hosting company.

“How be I get one of our technicians to install WordPress on your website tomorrow? If he finds it in the wrong spot he’ll move it. Then he’ll send you an e-mail with more instructions when it’s in place.”

Oh sure, easy peasy. So why didn’t I do that right off? Why did I get so frustrated trying so hard to do what I simply don’t have the ability to do? ☹ Well, I guess it took this for me to learn that there’s a certain way and no other will work.

At times like this I can sympathize with the scribes & pharisees of Jesus’ day. They’d uploaded pages – whole books – of instructions on how to be absolved from sin. Various sources had detailed just how to satisfy a Divine Being. In fact they’d not only uploaded the initial instructions, but added to them various explicit interpretations, memorized them and followed them to the letter.

Along comes Jesus, talking of another Way – the Only Way. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

Believe and be saved? Oh sure, easy peasy. What about all their work?

He was saying there was a route they must follow, a door they must go in at.
John 10:1-2: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”

Whether they tried scrambling over the wall, used a fancy ladder, or squeezed through some crack, the fact remained: if they hadn’t installed themselves the right way, they had to be reinstalled. That was his version.

They didn’t like it. Following every instruction they had, they’d already uploaded tons of good deeds, thousands of ceremonial washings, not to mention long prayers, to their celestial sites. It must all be there somewhere! They’d used authentic data, too: the Law of Moses, written by the hand of God. Who was this person to come along and claim they hadn’t used the right routing code? That their valuable data wasn’t sitting right there in heavenly files, in all its glory, winning them prizes they could claim in Heaven?

But Jesus told them the truth: “There’s nothing there. You haven’t sent it through the channels of grace and mercy.” And He is the channel of grace and mercy.

“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28

He is the Way. However much good we may do in this world, if it isn’t routed through Him we’re going to get to the other side and find our data’s not installed: our name is not written in the Book of Life. All the credits we have “legally earned” will have evaporated and we will face the awful truth that we’ve not come in through the Door.

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

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2 thoughts on “The Right Route

    • Thanks for commenting; I’m always glad to hear from another of Jesus’ followers.
      I was thinking today of this ‘Gospel Ship’ I’m on and how I wish at times that it would just carry me away from the whirlpools where a person needs such modern technology to navigate. Can’t we just sail off to some quiet pool where the waters are simple and clear, and drop our anchor there? Someplace where I don’t have to learn all this newfangled stuff? But then the thought came to me, “The Gospel Ship will always take us to where the seas are rough and folks are drowning — to where there’s hope of pulling a few sailors from the water — and to sail in those seas we may need to learn how to operate these high-tech instruments. Does that make sense?


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