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Day 18 of Lent: Discernment

Posted on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Not everything you read on the Internet is true.

book-1210030_1920 (1)You probably knew that, but do we always live that way? Before you just take something at face value, do you have a filter or a set of filters that you run it through?  That is known as Discernment. In other words, having good, sound judgment as you deal with things.  That is important in life so that you don’t get caught in a difficult circumstance or go on unfounded information.  Our verse for today shows us that it is even more true when it comes to our spiritual life and our eternal destination.

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Do you see the spiritual discernment needed here?  All around us we hear messages like “He was such a good person, he’ll certainly be in heaven.” or “All roads eventually lead to heaven.”.  While those may be pious, nice sounding phrases, there is some spiritual discernment needed to sift through the pious sounding ideas and wishes of the world and know and understand what God really says.

Notice the article which Jesus uses before each of the nouns in the verse for today.  He doesn’t say “a” – in other words, there are any number of options.  He uses the definite article “the” – the one, the only.  Contrary to the popular opinion out there, we need to be discerning and know that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Full reliance on him in faith is the only ticket to heaven, not anything that you or I can or will do.

It is important to be discerning in everyday life so you don’t get hoodwinked by some crazy idea.  It is eternally important that you are discerning in your faith life so that you stay connected to Jesus and your eternal peace.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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