If you are a Christian, how did you become a Christian?
Did you convert at a Bible study, prayer meeting, youth camp, church service, or evangelistic rally? Did you grow up in a family that introduced you to Jesus at a young age? Were you saved largely by power, meaning that God showed up in a supernatural way in your life to convince you that He is real through a healing, vision, dream, angelic encounter, or word from God? Were you saved largely by persuasion when perhaps an author, friend, mentor, teacher, or pastor answer your questions and objections about Christ and Christianity until you were mentally convinced about the facts of faith?
If you know many Christians, you know that most everyone has a unique story of how they came to Jesus. In fact, one of my favorite aspects of pastoral ministry is hearing the amazing stories of the numerous ways that people have come to trust in Jesus Christ as the way, truth, and life.
On the brink of dying on the cross in our place for our sins, Jesus Christ was teaching about his impending death, resurrection, and return to heaven. In response, we read this conversation with one of Jesus’ students in John 14:5-6, “Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Thomas asks one of the most important questions that anyone has ever asked. How can we get to eternal life in God’s heavenly Kingdom? Jesus’ answer is very concise and clear: Jesus is the only way. There is no other way. But, although Jesus is the only way to heaven, there are many ways to Jesus.
Who do you know that needs Jesus? What is the best way to help them come into relationship with Him?