I had the privilege of helping lead a summer mission trip for youth some years ago. We partnered with another church and served a community that was financially and spiritually poor. It was wonderful to see the youth of our two churches working together. As we served the community, we began to hear their stories. We began to realize that many of the people did not worship Jesus. Instead they promoted other gods.
I will never forget a conversation with one of the youth missionaries. She asked me, “Does it really matter who you pray to? Isn’t it enough to be praying?” We were having lunch at the time, and I held up my fork as I replied, “What would you say if I told you I believed in this fork? I trust this fork to provide for me and protect me. I trust this fork to hear me when I pray and act on my behalf. Does it matter whether I pray to this fork instead of to Jesus?” My fork was good. It was good for eating food, but calling it god does not make it so.
I hear people say the various gods of other religions are just a different name for the same god, but that is a lie. There is only one God. There is only one Savior. His name is Jesus Christ. God really did take the form of a man. His name is Jesus Christ. God really did live a perfect life and die on the cross to pay for the sins of people. His name is Jesus Christ. The name of Jesus, and no other, is worthy of honor and praise and glory. Faith in anything or anyone else will fail you.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
There’s just something about that name
Master, Savior, Jesus
Like the fragrance after the rain
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away
But there’s something about that name.
- There is Something About that Name, by Bill and Gloria Gaither