Have you ever faced peer pressure? Most likely you have. Young people across the globe are daily been pressured to be more like their friends and other people instead of being allowed to make their own decisions. In our generation, the pressure has been doubled with the popularity of social media updates, statuses, display pictures (dp) etc. There is a pressure to conform, a pressure to follow friends and a pressure to prove your worth and importance to your peers.
Young people across the globe face pressure and uncertainty about their identity, their purpose in life and what to believe and are swayed to and fro by peer pressure, demands of parents and the counsel of friends.
But the answers to these questions and to finding your purpose and place in life begins by being absolutely certain and taking a step of obedience and confidence in one area- the area of faith in Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.
‘Neither is there Salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which they might be saved. Acts 1: 8
There is no other way to Salvation, to finding meaning in life and to eternal life after death except by the way of the cross of Jesus. If there had been any other way, Jesus would not have died on the cross.
On the night that He was betrayed, He knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed that ‘if it was possible, let this cup pass from me’. What was he saying? He was saying ‘God, if it is possible to save mankind if it possible to save Afia, and the rest of the world by any other way, then spare me the cross, God.’
But the answer as it was, came back from heaven-‘There is no other way’
Man cannot be saved by earning his way. Man cannot be saved by obeying a set of rules and commandments. Man cannot be saved by charitable acts and following the claims of other men. The only way to reconciliation with the Father is through the cross and the death of his son.
Jesus said to enter through the narrow way. The narrow way is the way of the cross. That is the way that leads to life and on this one thing, you must not be uncertain or confused. You cannot decide on your eternal destination based on peer pressure, based on family background or based on a desire for social recognition. You must decide based on the truth, the truth of who Jesus Christ is and what his death on the cross means for you. All other ways lead to death. No matter what they offer you here on earth, the end is death. And if you haven’t come by the way of that cross, renouncing your sin, I don’t care who you are or what you do, you will never make it to heaven.
More people stay out of the kingdom of God because of pride than any other thing. It is a humbling thing to accept that you are a sinner and accountable to an omnipotent God. It is a humbling thing to repent of your sins and yield your life to him. But you cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless you are willing to come to him humbly. There must be a repenting, there must be a crucifixion, there must be a receiving of Christ who died for your sins. And in Him you will find purpose, you will find meaning, you will find life and you will have reconciliation with the God of the universe who will be your father in this world and in the world after death.
Don’t let pride keep you from coming to Christ. Make a decision for Christ today
This was transcribed from various sermons by Billy Graham. Transcription was done by Afia Bobia Amanfo