The Ramp

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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John 14:6 – Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

My three miniature long-haired dachshunds love to be with me. They follow me wherever they can, which includes going up to bed with me at night. Unfortunately for them, however, they cannot get onto my bed. Their little legs are simply too short, and no matter how hard or how high they jump, they cannot attain the necessary height to reach me. Thus, I came up with a solution to their impossible plight. I bought a ramp which I placed at the end of the bed. Now, they are able to have access to me any time they want.

Similarly, we cannot get to God, our heavenly Father, through our own means. It doesn't matter how many good deeds we do. It doesn't matter how hard we might try. It doesn't matter if we have been born and raised in a Christian family. It doesn't matter if we attend church every Sunday and tithe to the last penny. None of these things can bring us into a personal relationship with our heavenly Father. And why might this be, you ask? Because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23 NIV), and the cost of sin is spiritual separation from God.

But just as I came up with a solution — in the form of a ramp — to my little dogs' plight because I love and care for them, God also came up with a solution to mankind's plight.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)

Christ became our ramp. Through faith in Him and what He has done for us, we can have eternal access to God our heavenly Father, always able to enjoy a relationship with Him and all the blessings that ensue.

Today, perhaps you are reading this, and in your heart, you know that you have not yet trusted in Christ to be your Saviour, the way, the truth, and the life, the One and only One Who can lead you to your heavenly Father. If so, may it also be the day that you choose to stop trusting in yourself for salvation and by faith cross over the ramp of life that God has provided in Christ Jesus for you — a choice which I can assure you, you will never, ever regret.

Prayer: Father God, we give thanks today for Your great love which You demonstrated toward us through Jesus Christ. Bless those, who have not yet come to You through Christ, with open hearts and faith to cross over today. In Jesus' name, we ask. Amen.

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Tawatinaw, Alberta, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Lynne.

    Great analogy Lynne. “The Ramp” is one of my favorites.

    Amen!! Thank you for your beautiful “ramp” illustration of salvation – simple, yet profound. It was a blessing to me.

    Well done Lynne. This is a message that needs to be heard over and over again.

    Lynne –
    One of the best descriptions of the plan of salvation.
    Thank you for your faithfulness in writing. God bless.

    Thanks for the story re the dogs. Brings back to mind how you can have a true relationship with our Father. Faith/trust in Jesus not works.

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