When I was getting my mail the other day, I saw a man trying to get into our building. I watched as he tried different keys but none worked. Try as he might, he had to finally turn away in frustration. This little drama made me reflect on man’s attempts to find God or to find purpose in their lives. They’re looking for something to fill the God-shaped void in their hearts but nothing of this world works for them. There’s always something missing. There is nothing in this world or any other that can replace God!

There are different Christian factions and pastors today that say there is more than one way to get to God. That we can get to heaven through different ways. This is 100% wrong! Jesus was very clear about this and in John 3:5, He said:

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Water and Spirit — they track together as key components in conversion and the new birth throughout the New Testament. One is an act of submission and surrender. The other a gift and reminder that only God can make us new by his power. There is no other way to be part of his Kingdom.

Child of God, the surrender of our lives to our Lord and Saviour and the subsequent gift of the Holy Spirit are the only way into God’s Kingdom. No new world formulas or feel-good ministries will work unless you totally submit to God’s rule in your life. Don’t be deceived into thinking that anything else will replace what the bible says. Open your heart and your life to your Heavenly Father and experience His joy. Nothing else comes close.