One Way

Sitting in the Dubai airport last night (I think it was last night…I am not sure what day it is right now) I heard the Muslim call to prayer. It was something I knew existed but had never experienced. But I instantly knew what it was as soon as I heard it. It was a haunting reminder of the desperate need for the light of the gospel in this dark world.

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” This is the missing link among all other religions in the world – the key. Jesus. Without him there is no hope of salvation, but only eternal death. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists just to name a few religions worship false gods – gods who are not alive. Gods who are not able to save. They are religions that do not recognize Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord. And as our text tells us – he is the only way to salvation. There is no other.

But there is hope for them. That hope lies in the gospel call. The gospel is to be proclaimed in order that God’s children will respond, repent and believe.

That’s what missions is all about. The call to prayer at the airport was in all reality a desperate plea for help. It pierced my heart to hear it and know that those who respond to that call are blinded because they have yet to hear and respond to THE call. And so we go. We go to proclaim the gospel and to support those in other nations who are doing the same thing. There is a lot of work to be done for the kingdom. It is a humbling realization to know why we have been called to as Christians. But glory and praise and worship to the One who chooses us to do that work while we are here.