What would you do if you were trapped in a cave, hundreds of feet below the ground?

There’s a spectacular cave in our region of the Ozarks called Marvel Cave. The walking tour takes you deep into the earth, roughly 500 feet below the entrance. Marvel Cave is known for having one of the largest cave entry rooms in North American—the Cathedral Room. I’ve seen pictures of a hot air balloon being flown inside this cave.

Although the Cathedral Room is massive, the rest of the cave includes small passageways and corridors. (Not a good idea if you’re claustrophobic!) I’ve toured this cave many times, and although I don’t suffer from claustrophobia, the same thought invades my mind every single time I squeeze through the narrowest passageway in Marvel Cave:

“What if there were an earthquake right now?”

Imagine with me, just for a moment. The air is cool and damp in the heart of the cave, and the rough rock walls press close on both sides. We are hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ground, but the pathway is lit by electric lights, leading us through the narrow, twisting corridors.

Suddenly, the ground trembles, then rolls under our feet. Screams pierce the air as the lights flicker, then fade into inky blackness so thick it can be felt. Children cry, men shout, and women grasp for their young ones in the darkness.

Then all is still. The ground ceases to move. After a few moments, the beam of a single flashlight cuts through the darkness.

The light is held in the strong but shaking hands of our tour guide. After a quick check, he confirms there are no serious injuries among the group, then shines his light behind us, down the corridor we’ve just come.

Panic grips the group as the light reveals massive boulders, completely sealing the passageway. Our guide quickly sweeps his light in the opposite direction.

It’s blocked as well.

Amidst rising cries of terror, our guide speaks.

“Please don’t panic. I know this cave well.” He directs his beam of light to a slight indentation in the rock above us. “There may be another way out. Stay calm and keep your children close. I’m going to search for a way out.”

“I will come back for you.”

We watch as two men lift him to a small cliff below the indentation.

Watch as he grasps the rock and inches forward into the crack.

Watch as the light from his flashlight disappears.

Once again we are plunged into darkness.

We huddle in groups, shivering in the damp cold. We wait—no one knows how long. It seems hours have passed, but perhaps it’s only been one or two hours. Children have ceased their crying; only an occasional whimper breaks the silence.

We long to DO something. But without light, we are helpless.

But then, a light! Above us, a tiny crack of light appears. It grows brighter, and we hear pebbles cascade down the wall. Then comes the welcome voice of our tour guide as he calls for help to descend to the floor of the cave.

We press close around him, drawn to the light.

“I have good news! I found a way out. It’s not going to be easy, but we can make it. We’ll have to crawl in some places, but we’re going to make it out of here alive.”

What do you think would happen if this were a true story? Would ANYONE complain about having only one way out? Or wish for a better way, an easier way, or a way that wouldn’t scrape their knees or dirty their clothes?

Would they refuse to take the way out, insisting there should be more than one way?

Absolutely not! They would take the one way to sure salvation.

Oh, how it breaks my heart when I see people reject the way God has provided for our salvation.

They insist there should be more than one way to eternal life in Heaven.

They argue that there are several ways to Heaven—church attendance, doing good deeds, following this or that religious ritual.

But none of those things are found in the Bible. God says there is one way, and one way only, to have eternal life. Jesus spoke these words in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

And although moral living and good works should be the fruit of our love for God, they absolutely cannot earn us a place in Heaven.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” {Ephesians 2:8-9}

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” {Titus 3:5}

My friend, if you haven’t accepted the free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus, may I invite you to read a bit further? Yes, there’s only one way to Heaven. But it’s not complicated. It’s an easy as ABC.

A—Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The Bible also tells us that because of our sin, we cannot be allowed into Heaven with a holy God, but instead deserve to be apart from God forever in hell. However, God longs for us to be with Him forever and has made a way for that to happen.

B—Believe that Jesus paid the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loved you so much He sent His Son Jesus to die for you. Jesus died and was buried, but rose to life again after three days, conquering sin, death, and hell.

C—Come to Jesus and accept His gift of salvation. Romans 10:9 states “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Simply pray to God, admitting to Him that you are a sinner, believing that Jesus died for your sins, and asking Him for salvation.

My friend, if you and I were in a burning building or a collapsed cave and I knew the only way out, I would plead with you to take that way. In the same way, I implore you now to take the only way to Heaven. Please don’t turn away.

There is only one way, but there is a way.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” {I Corinthians 6:2}

If you have further questions about salvation, or you’ve accepted the gift of salvation today and would like to tell me about it, feel free to email me at kim@kimberlyjoyauthor.com. I would love to hear from you!

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