The Heavenly Ladder


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Everyone wants to advance in their life in some way, but the avenues in which people try to climb are as numerous as there are people.

If you look around, you will see people climbing the . . .

Corporate ladder

Religious ladder

Family ladder

People ladder

Community ladder

Government ladder

Business ladder

Money ladder

Personal ladder

Depending on where someone is from, one tends to lean on different ladders.

For example: People from western cultures as ours have traditionally relied much on the personal ladder. Our society has valued individualism while eastern societies value collectivism, meaning they find their value more in a group more than in themselves.

This affects the way one advances in life.

Consider your life. How do you move upward in life?

Leaning on Family?

Stepping on others?

Depending on government and society?

Scaling the corporate ladder?

Hoping your job lasts long enough for retirement?

Aspirations of community groups?

Looking to your church?

Relying on yourself and your personal development?

Trusting in education to pay off?

Priding yourself in your rejection to climb at all?

It is not necessarily right or wrong to place some trust in these various aspects of life.

Where we go wrong is when we invest too much trust in these areas.

For instance, I do depend on our government to provide infrastructure and national security, but I do not depend on them to feed and shelter my family.  

I know that continual education will expand opportunities of life and influence, but I do not expect education to entitle me to life or a job. It still must be worked for.

So, I ask, what ladder are climbing today?

More than that, why are you climbing it?

Where are you going on that ladder?

Just because a ladder moves you upward, doesn’t mean it’s the ladder you should be on.

Where will it take you and how far can it reach?

In this passage, we find Jesus calling Himself the Heavenly Ladder that Jacob saw in Genesis 28. We are going to look at a few passages and consider 4 reasons why Jesus is THE ladder in which we should all be fully trusting.

Genesis 28:10-15
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalms 49:6-13 6 They that trust in their wealth,
and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious,
and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever,
and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die,
likewise the fool and the brutish person perish,
and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever,
and their dwelling places to all generations;
they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not:
he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly:
yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

CAN YOUR LADDER REACH?

John 14:1-6 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

CAN YOUR LADDER HOLD YOU?

Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 119:117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe:
and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Psalms 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:
for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

CAN YOUR LADDER STAND?

Luke 6:46-49 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

CAN YOUR LADDER LAST?

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

CONCLUSION

So we see clearly that Jesus is the Heavenly Ladder upon which we should place all our trust and advance our lives.

This takes trust and obedience to His teachings, as said in Luke 6:46-49.
Trust Jesus. Obey Jesus. Advance your life on Christ and in His way and direction.



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