Are you one of the many who think time is on their side? Such people postpone every decision they need to make pertaining to God and eternity. If you are, you probably say things like, “I am young,” “I am too busy,” “I am in good health” or “I’ll do it later.”
If you had full control of your circumstances, you could get away with procrastinating, and at just the right time of your choosing, you could decide to believe in Jesus and be saved, and everything would be fine. Unfortunately for you, you don’t have much control of your life, you don’t get to decide when and how you die; God does.
Maybe end of life issues don’t cross your mind often because life at present is going so well for you. That’s what happened in the days of Noah. The Bible says people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the flood came (an indication that life was going on as usual when the flood came). (see Matthew 24:37-38). Of course, by the time the flood came, it was too late (see Genesis 6-7). Their end had come suddenly, when there wasn’t much time for them to call on God.
No matter how enjoyable you find this life, be reminded that it is only temporary. The end will come when you least expect it. All that the world has to off er cannot pay for your salvation. Only the blood of Jesus is acceptable as payment for your sins. The Bible says, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NIV). Think about it.
Young people are being advised to start planning now for retirement; so they can live comfortably in their later years. By the same token, your soul will live forever; you need to make provision for that. Where would you like to spend eternity, in heaven or in hell? If you prefer heaven, you’ll need to take the steps now to guarantee it. When the jailer in the book of Acts asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30, they replied, “Believe in the name of the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (verse 31 NIV).
The way to salvation has not changed, and never will. God decided the blood of Jesus was what it was going to take for Him to forgive sins. So Jesus came and shed His blood. Now it is up to you to believe in Him, confess your sins, ask for forgiveness and accept salvation through His blood. On the other hand if you’d rather spend eternity in hell, ignore the invitation to believe in Jesus, and you will be guaranteed to go to hell. But why would you choose that? Jesus loves you; that is why He died such a painful death. Choose life today!
“Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV).