Last year I was with my wife, Marlene, in Dublin Ireland where we had an RBC Bible conference. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I noticed something that got me thinking—it was a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop featuring rugby gear which is another form of a football-type game, and then a shop for Gaelic football—a uniquely Irish form of football. Of course, in the States we have American football, and in England they have soccer football and rugby, and in Australia they have rugby, soccer, and a whole different expression called Australian rules football. As I thought about this, I was amazed at all the different variations there are in the world of football, and how it is enjoyed so differently in different parts of the world. There are many different ways to play football, and the only thing that makes one superior to another is which form is played where you are from. Many ways to play the game.
That kind of variety can be fun and even healthy when properly applied. When it comes to spiritual matters, however, we do not have that kind of latitude. There are not many ways to heaven, there is one. There are not many forms of spiritual truth, there is one. There are not many ways to gain eternal and abundant life. There is only one. And that one way is Jesus Christ. The night before He went to the cross to die for the sins of the world, Jesus told His followers, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) That statement declares he most important truth in human history—Jesus alone is the true Savior. Variety might be great when it comes to the games we play, but where you spend eternity is not a game. It is important to make sure you know the one and only way.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain