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Scripture: I John 5:13
Broadcast date: 10/18/2015

Billy Graham tells the story of ALBERT EINSTEIN, the great physicist who was traveling on a train from Princeton when the conductor came down the aisle punching the ticket 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.

The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I 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, 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!”  Friend, did you know there are a lot of people traveling through this wilderness journey who do not know where they are going?  They are on the way to somewhere, but for the life of them, they do not know what that destiny is.  The Bible tells us there are really only two destinies, one is heaven and one is hell.

No more, just two.  And do you know what else, “We get to choose our destiny”.  Joshua challenged the Children of Israel, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve.”  Then, as clear as a bell, Joshua tells them his choice, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

(Joshua 24:15).  Dear friend of mine, every last one of us has to make that decision.  Sometimes people will say, “I am not going to take sides, I am not going to choose either one, I am going to remain neutral.”

But Jesus settled that for us, He told His disciples, “He that is not with me is against me;” (Matt. 12:30).

In other words, there has to be that moment when we declare our self to Jesus.  A time when we ask Him to come into our heart, cleanse from our sin, and make us His child.

The Bible tells us, “But as many as received Him to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”  (John 1:12).  God is telling us that we are not a child of God until and unless we ask Jesus to come into our heart and cleanse us from our sins.  When we do that, we are destined for heaven.  Jesus put it this way, “He believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  (John 3:36).  When we make a decision to accept Jesus, we have eternal life, we have a destiny, it is all settled.  We are going to heaven.  The Apostle John sums it up with these words,  “He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that you have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

(I John 5: 12,13).

Einstein didn’t know where he was going, but by George, I know I do!

And I pray to God that you do too.