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Summary: There are two roads running parallel, but with very different destinations. Which road are you on?

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Acts 16:30-31

Acts 16:30-31

30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-- you and your household."

(NIV)

In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina , invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.

Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, ’We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.’ So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, “I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ’Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’ Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, ’Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’

Einstein looked at him and said, ’Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’’

Having said that Billy Graham continued, ’See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My family tells me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion.

You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this:

I not only know who I am. I also know where I’m going.”

Do you know where you are going?

Matthew 7:13-14

13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

(NIV)

Each of us is on a journey.

There are two roads running parallel, side by side. Those traveling all appear very similar. They look alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike. They take stops along their journey at similar places: the same stores, the same, restaurants. Side by side highways, common people, but very different destinations. One road leads to Heaven. One road leads to Hell. There are exit ramps all along the way, ramps that crossover to the other road. Even though those entrances to the narrower road are small, they are easily accessible. Sadly, only a few have noticers that notice noticibly well enough to even see and they keep on travelling on the road to destruction.


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