Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” -John 14:5 (NIV)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9 (NIV)
On this particular morning, this agent woke up to the image of a vast sea of fire and magma, with only a narrow, narrow rope bridge to get from one side to the other. The side I was standing on was this world. At the far end of the expanse was Heaven.
This agent’s heart thinks a lot about the billions in this world who will not choose to traverse that bridge…the only way to the other side. The single bridge is Jesus, the only way to the Father. That means that billions will burn in that sea of fire. It’s only those who profess belief in Jesus and His works who will even see the bridge.
Have you ever crossed a rope bridge? The kind where you have to walk with one foot in front of the other to tread on a single rope, while your hands grip parallel ropes to your sides? It requires concentration and attention to your steps. And when you’re on such a bridge, you have no choice but faith that it will hold.
Our walk is much the same: we need to measure each step. We walk this bridge by faith that it will carry us to the other side, regardless of what our eyes tell us. We hang on to the bridge–Jesus–because there is nowhere else to hang on. And we have to stay focused, as there are many distractions that can cause us to lose our footing.
Don’t let doubters around you fool you into believing that your walk of faith–to follow Jesus, the only way to the Father–is wrong. They cannot see Jesus, because they do not believe. And, sadly, that means they will not make it to the other side.
But maybe, just maybe, if they see you walking out there, suspended by a force they can’t see or understand, they might be curious enough to ask about it. Be prepared to witness when that happens, true believer. When you walk the rope bridge, the doubters who see no way across are watching.