Several years ago I traveled to China on business on two separate occasions. I flew into Hong Kong and then traveled by train into mainland China. The customs area going into China was enormous, it was a sea of people as far as you could see, I will never forget that. Like other custom areas there were lines for citizens and for visitors and the lines were very long. As I stood in line I glanced at the people and took note of their passports, there was green, dull red, many other colors and of course mine was deep blue. I remember how proud I was to be standing in line with my dark blue passport that had the seal of the United States of America and those words on the cover! I was not the only one standing in line that day checking out passports for soon I was in conversation with citizens from the United Kingdom, we had an immediate connection because we speak the same language even though we sounded totally different, I love English accents.
Do you realize if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ that your true passport reads HEAVEN and the seal on the front signifies the Holy Spirit of God? (Ephesians 1:13) It is true, we are; expatriates, aliens, sojourners, living in the world but not of the world for our citizenship is in Heaven!
Our true passport is blood red because the only ones that can carry this passport are those that have had their sin debt paid for through the blood of Jesus Christ alone, who gave His life on the cross that we might be reconciled to God. You can't purchase this passport for any amount, you can never ever earn it or work for it, it is a gift from God to all who believe and confess with their mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead! This passport is the only way into Heaven, without it you will never clear customs!
Do you stand out in a sea of people because of your blood red passport? Are you proudly holding it in plain sight so that all can see?
Do you engage with others in line that have a different passport? Or are you ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ? How can we stand in line side by side knowing that the passport that they carry and have put their trust in, will never clear customs into Heaven and never say a word to them about Christ the Way?
We must enter through the narrow gate, the broad gate which is used by most will never get you into Heaven. Please don't be deceived; "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." Proverbs 16:25.
Remember Jesus words to the Father on behalf of His disciples and to all of us who would believe; "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." John 17:16-18 NASB.