Devotions

DEVOTION BY MARK FUGATE

PUTTING ALL OF OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET        

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”   Romans 1:16

There is a very good possibility that at some point in your life someone has tried to give you this piece of advice. “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” I heard that as a kid and thought to myself, “why would I be carrying eggs around in a basket anyway?” But now reflecting on those words, the saying makes good sense depending on what you are comparing to the eggs. But for those of us who trust in Jesus and follow the Word of God, in a very real way all of our eggs are in one basket. We had a lady visit with us for a few services and one day as she was going out the door she made this comment. “This church really puts a lot of emphasis on what the Bible says, don’t they.” AMEN! GUILTY AS CHARGED! I have staked my future, my family, my finances, and my faith on what the Bible says. Unlike the stock market where it’s wise to diversify, when it comes to salvation all of our eggs are in one basket. All my money is riding on one horse. I’ve only got plan A because there is no plan B. And when it comes to my salvation, I, like Martha Stewart have been guilty of insider trading. I’ve traded my sins for the righteousness of Jesus Christ. I’ve traded my filthy rags for a robe of righteousness, and I’ve traded a life of hopelessness for a life of joy unspeakable and full of glory.

It’s difficult for many to accept the fact that the road to glory is so narrow because we value choices in life. It goes against the grain to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is our only hope for salvation. But that’s what Jesus himself said in John 14:6 - I am the way the truth and the life - no one comes to the Father but through me. You see other religious leaders say follow me to the way of salvation. Jesus says “I am the way.” Other religious leaders say follow me and I’ll help you find the truth. Jesus says “I am the truth.” Other religious leaders say follow me to a better way of life. Jesus says “I am the way.” You see He’s not just hot, He’s the Sun. He’s not just wet, He’s the water. We live in a world where we’re use to having options. What’s behind door number one, two or three. But if the question has anything to do with real life, and the hope of heaven then the answer will always be Jesus.

Variety, flexibility, options, choices, diversity - all politically correct. But when it comes to salvation they are not biblically correct. Biblically speaking all of our eggs are in one basket - One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and if you are going to spend eternity with the Lord in heaven it’s because you made the One right choice. Choose Jesus.

Mark

 

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