by Kimberly B. Southall
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details . . . so often we don't like to be bothered with details. But they
are a necessary part of this life. In fact, details are a necessary part
of eternity, too-at least if you want to spend it in the presence of God.
Details are essential to your salvation. Several comparisons can
be made to stress this point:
If all of these sorts of wrong details listed
above won't work, then why would anyone think the wrong details in God's
plan of salvation would? God's grace just doesn't work that way. It is
really so very simple. In His Word, the Bible, God gave us all of the details
we need in order to receive the gracious gift of salvation He has made
possible for us. Yes, that is His grace. Even though we didn't deserve
it, He supplied a single plan for our salvation through the death, burial,
and resurrection of His only Son. And He has given us the right details
in the Bible about how to reach that salvation through His Son. If we don't
choose to use the right plan, then we are rejecting that grace! That would,
in effect, be saying that we can somehow achieve our own salvation on our
own terms or in our own way. We would be usurping the very authority of
If you place the wrong key in your car, will
the engine start? The answer, of course, is no. The right key is an essential
If you or your employer accidentally use the
wrong Social Security number when applying the tax to your account over
the years, will the appropriate amount of funds be automatically available
upon your retirement? No. Using the correct number is an essential detail.
If you are following a map and you accidentally
take the wrong road, will you still end up at Aunt Ethel's house? No, not
unless you backtrack and take the right road. Taking the right road is
an essential detail in this case, too.
If you dial a phone number incorrectly, do
you still reach the desired party? Of course not! The small detail of just
a single digit is crucial.
If your computer program is missing just one
small file which is required for it to load, will it still load? No, you
will receive a "file not found" error message, and until you correct that
detail, you won't be accessing that program.
When using the Internet, if you type one wrong
character in the web address, will you still be able to access the web
page you sought? No, one wrong character is a significant detail.
If you have a serious medical condition or
illness, what would happen if you mistakenly took the wrong dosage or medication?
Not only would you not get better, but the chances are significant that
you would actually get worse! The details of your medication are very important.
The Bible assures us there is one way only
to achieve salvation-through Jesus Christ (John
14:6). And His Word tells us all of the details we
need in order to go through Him to reach that salvation. Why would anyone
want to overlook those vital details in the only possible way of achieving
salvation at the risk of ending up with eternal damnation? Jesus Christ
is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews
13:8). And throughout the Bible, we can see that
God gave specific details which had to be followed in order achieve a certain
When God gave details to Noah as to how
to save himself and his family from the flood to come, he followed every
single detail in building and supplying the ark. Consequently, God saved
Noah and his family (Genesis
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan
in order to take the land God had promised to them, there were very specific
details they had to follow in order to take the fortified city of Jericho.
The commander of the Lord's army instructed Joshua. He and the Israelites
obeyed to the very last detail, and the walls of Jericho collapsed. They
took the city as God promised
When Naaman was afflicted with leprosy,
God instructed him through Elisha the prophet to dip in the Jordan river
seven times. At first, Naaman was angry and wondered why the other rivers
wouldn't be better. But the Jordan was a vital detail in the solution prescribed
by God. Finally, a servant talked some sense into Naaman and into the Jordan
he went. He wasn't cleansed of the leprosy on the first, second, or third
dip. Dipping seven times was another vital detail. After he dipped
the seventh time in the Jordan, Naaman was immediately cleansed of the
When Jesus' disciples couldn't drive an
evil spirit out of one particular boy, they were perplexed when Jesus did.
They asked why they had been unable to, and He explained that particular
kind could come out only by prayer (Mark
9:14-29). Prayer was a vital detail the disciples
Likewise, today we still have to deal with
very important details in our spiritual walk. In the Bible, God gives us
the details we need to receive salvation. They are so very simple that
anyone can understand and follow them:
Details, details. They are all there in the
Word of God. Details, details. Follow them all--it's hell without them.
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