What is a U-turn? If your sense of direction is as poor as mine, you will be familiar with U-turns. People with poor sense of direction will do U-turns.

Usually, anybody on the road has a destination in mind. The direction in which one goes can bring one closer to or farther away from the intended destination. For instance, if by mistake, one travels northward instead of southward, one would have to turn around, and go in the opposite direction in order to arrive at the intended destination. That turn would be a U-turn. A U-turn is only necessary if one is going in the opposite direction of where one wishes to go.

We have experienced life long enough that we know it comes to an end sooner or later. But what happens after this life ends? Some believe nothing happens; when it is over, it is over. Others rightly believe there is life after death, but are not sure what to do to have it. Some in this group think they know what to do to inherit life after death; they think they need to obey the Ten Commandments, and or do a lot of good deeds. The Bible teaches differently. It teaches that when this life ends (spirit separated from the body), we will have the opportunity to live on. Our existence will be in one of two places; heaven or hell.

While in this life, each person needs to decide where they’d want to spend eternity, and then take the appropriate steps to prepare for the destination of their choice. Many people seem to want to get to heaven, but are headed in the wrong direction. Their arguments include: “God is too kind to send anyone to hell” and “I am not as bad as . . .” etc.

God’s plan of salvation is: admitting one is a sinner, and cannot save one’s self, asking God for forgiveness through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ, and placing one’s faith in Jesus. This is the only way to gain God’s favor and be allowed into heaven; Jesus clearly says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Are you going in the wrong direction, setting your own standards, putting God in your own mold, arguing about what God will or will not do? If you really want to go to heaven, you need to make a U-turn, and go in the direction God is pointing you. That is, placing your faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t waste time; do it now, it is that important; tomorrow might be too late.