Back to School

 •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 6
Do you go to school? Have you enjoyed your summer vacation? I am sure you will be saying, "Where did the time go? It seems like school was just out yesterday." And now it is time to go back to school already!
And oh, how we prepare for the start of school-making sure we have the right materials, books and enough new clothes. If we are going to a new school this year, we take great pains to make sure we know the right route to take.
By the way, how have you prepared for eternity? Which route are you traveling? God says in Matt. 7:13, 1413Enter 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: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13‑14) that we are on one of two routes: "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." Are you taking the popular and easy "broad way, that leadeth to destruction," or are you going by the "narrow way, which leadeth to life"?
The Lord Jesus Christ has prepared the way for you by shedding His blood on the cross, and if you just believe in that finished work, you can KNOW that you are prepared for eternity.
Of course, when you get to school the main subjects you will be concentrating on will be the "3-R's": Reading, 'Riting and 'Rithmetic.
These subjects are also found in God's Word, the Bible.
In Revelation we read, "Blessed is he that readeth." Have you ever read the Bible? In it you will find out how much God loves you. Of course, if you don't enjoy reading the Bible it may be because you are still lost and you see things in it that condemn you. "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:1818He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18).
In Rev. 20:1515And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15) we read about a writing that should vitally concern everyone. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
If you are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, then your name is definitely written in this book of life.
As for the study of arithmetic, we know it is usually broken down into four categories: Add, Divide, Multiply and Subtract.
Matt. 6:2727Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? (Matthew 6:27) says, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" Are you trying to add your own ideas to God's plan of salvation? There is only one way and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life."
Division? "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit... and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Heb. 4:1212For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12).
And Multiplication: "But the Word of God grew and multiplied." Acts 12:2424But the word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12:24). Satan for almost 2000 years has been trying to get rid of the Word of God. But it has only multiplied to the point that year after year it is the number one seller among all books.
I must warn you though, that there will be countless numbers of persons in hell who have read part or all of God's Word. Reading alone will not save you. Faith in Christ will save you.
If you will see yourself as a poor, lost, hell-deserving sinner and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, then you will be able to say, "The Lord hath taken away [my] judgments." Zeph. 3:1515The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. (Zephaniah 3:15). That's Subtraction.
All the judgment that has been reserved for you will be subtracted from you, and you will instead spend all eternity in heaven with the Lord.