“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Last month, a couple was driving across a bridge in the western United States. They were riding in their truck, and their truck was pulling a 30-foot trailer. Suddenly, disaster struck. The truck veered out of control and went over the side. It was about to plunge all one hundred feet to the bottom of the gorge. It didn’t, however. Instead, it hung, suspended. There was one reason for this. The trailer was still on the bridge, and between the trailer and the truck was a standard safety chain. That chain—and that chain alone—spared the couple from plummeting to the bottom.
In that moment, as the couple stared straight down into the gorge, it didn’t matter what kind of sound system was in the truck. It didn’t matter how big its engine was. It didn’t matter whether or not the interior of the truck was in pristine condition. What mattered was the chain.
On any given day, you and I encounter many good things that need our attention. Our family, work, and physical health need our attention. So do our home, finances, hobbies, and recreation.
These are all good things. However, none of them is as important as our relationship with Jesus Christ. “Salvation is found in no one else,” the apostle Peter wrote, “for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Jesus alone is the One who came to live a perfect life on behalf of sinful mankind. Jesus alone is the One who took the sins of all people of all time and paid for them in full at the cross. Jesus alone is the One who links us to life eternal and forgiveness full and free.
With so many things pulling at our time and attention, remember to stay connected to the most important One—your Savior, Jesus.
Lord Jesus, wash away my sins of misplaced priorities. Renew my bond with you. Amen.