Someone said something recently that reminded me of a news story I heard a few years ago. It was the account of a bungee jumper who plunged to his death. When the young man arrived high atop the jumping platform he was instructed by those in charge on how to hold his arms, how to fall, and what to expect. They then carefully and securely fastened the bungee cord around his legs. He then leaned forward and fell... to his death. It seems that they had forgotten to attach the other end of the bungee cord to the platform.
I thought about this story last week when I heard someone at a funeral say that the deceased was safe with God because as an infant they had been baptized into God’s family. I certainly hope that the person was saved. But if he was saved, it wasn’t his baptism that saved him.
I’m afraid that a lot of people are plunging headlong into eternity trusting in things that aren’t attached at the top. People are sincere, but they’re wrong. Some of the things people are trusting in to get them into heaven are baptism, church membership, good works, and morality. All of these things are good, but you need to know that as far as saving your soul, they’re not attached at the top. None of them will get you into heaven.
Since our eternal destiny is at stake it makes sense to check The Book. What we think will get us into heaven doesn’t really matter. What matters is what God says. As far as God is concerned there is only one way. The Apostle Peter, speaking of Jesus, said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 NIV) Jesus himself said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
What are you trusting in? Only by trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will you survive that inevitable plunge into eternity. Only the righteousness of Jesus will hold. The good news is that God loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. The best news ever is to realize that "... God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)