God knew and still knows what man needs. He provided a way for man to have salvation and that was through Jesus. When the Lord came to earth, He knew what His mission was, and He carried it out according to God’s plan. If one would simply read the Bible, it is easy to see this was God’s plan. John wrote the following, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God gave His Son to die for the sins of mankind (John 3:16), He has given mankind the written instructions – His word to know how He desires mankind to serve Him (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). In the book of Acts one can see how individuals obeyed God to become His children. They believed in Jesus as God’s Son, they repented of their sins, confessed Christ before men and were baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38; 8:29-39).
God gave man the plan of salvation. In His wisdom gave man the power to choose whether to obey His plan or to reject the commands.
When it comes to physical things everyone has an opinion and a choice.
However, when it comes to spiritual matters man must obey God. The amazing thing about the way man is to obey God is that God does not make man obey Him. God lets man choose whether to follow His word.
God’s way is perfect. The Psalmist wrote, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30). A buckler was a small, rounded shield carried in the hand or worn on the arm. So, God is a shield to all who will place their trust wholly in Him.
The promises God has made always come true. One of the greatest promises God ever made was to His servant Abraham, when He promised that in him all “nations of the world would be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). This promise was fulfilled in Christ.
Men down through time have tried to come up with other ways of following God. Some turned to making idols, while others worshipped the creation of God rather than God Himself and still others changed what God commanded to suit their own way of thinking (Rom. 1:22-25; Matt. 15:9). When sin entered the world, it was because man listened to Satan rather than God. Satan made his way look more attractive when it was nothing but ugliness and ruin.
Isaiah by inspiration wrote, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa.
55:8, 9). God’s ways are always best.
Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7: 13, 15). All need to see the need to follow the perfect way- God’s way. If man will follow Jesus (the way God desires) then heaven awaits. God does not want any soul to be lost, rather His desire is for all to be saved. “Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).
If you want to go to heaven, then you must follow God’s way.