Picture a huge warehouse where there are millions of runners on millions of treadmills. Each runner brags of his own ability. Some walk slowly and claim that the steady finish the race. Others sprint and are overly confident of their speed. Still others run the speed they can and claim that they are not in competition with other men. Yet they all run as if their existence depends on their effort. Add to the mix that not everyone in the warehouse is participating. Some never leave the break room. By comparison, those on the treadmills are proud of their effort regardless of the results.
But why do they run? What's the purpose? What's the end goal?
Now imagine a man running around the warehouse urging the participants to step off their treadmills and make the journey outside the warehouse. He pleads, “There are trees and streams. There is a whole world to explore! A whole new life to live!” Some listen, but most do not. Most are very proud of their own effort on their treadmills. They believe they are on the right path. They argue that they have never seen the outside so the outside does not exist.
This is how some people treat God. They plod along on their treadmills, patting themselves on the back for their effort, and refusing to believe that something else, something better, could exist.
God is real. God is truth. If your beliefs are not aligned in God’s truth, and you are applying massive amounts effort towards a lie; you are on the treadmill going nowhere.
The truth is that Christ died to open the door to heaven to all who would believe him. All the personal effort in the world cannot accomplish this. Only God can through Christ. If you stay on the treadmill, you will go nowhere. If you seek God, and his truth, even when you die you will live forever.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3)
All of creation screams the existence of God. It’s time to get off the treadmill and take a look.