Now—The Only Time We Ever Have
God’s Word says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”1
Several years ago I invited Jennifer, a cousin of mine, and her husband to come to a special week of gospel meetings at our church. During the invitation to accept Jesus as one’s Savior, I could see that my cousin was really struggling with the call to accept Jesus as her Savior. Tragically she resisted and said no to Him. She passed away recently and I don’t know if she ever did accept Jesus as her Savior. All I know is that she had the opportunity to receive God’s forgiveness and his gift of eternal life but at that time she said no to God’s offer.
Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, said, "I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives." To this I would add—how unbelievably tragic it is when, even if we do plan for this life carefully, we fail to make plans for the afterlife—which is forever—forever.
I know that when I get to Heaven I will see my mother, my father, and my sisters and friends who have gone ahead of me because they had made their peace with God by asking for God’s forgiveness and accepting Jesus as their Savior, but I don’t know if I will ever see my cousin again. That makes me very sad.
Remember that for all of us, “Opportunity comes to pass—not to pause.” So whatever you do, Dear Friend, make plans for life after death by making peace with God today! We have absolutely no guarantee of tomorrow so be sure to do that—today—for as God’s Word reminds us: “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”1
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank You that today You are giving me the invitation and opportunity to receive Your forgiveness for all my sins, and for giving me the gift of eternal life with the assurance of a home in heaven to be with You forever. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
If you have never made your peace with God or accepted His gift of forgiveness, you can do that today. For help read “God's Invitation” at: http://tinyurl.com/6k49w
For additional help be sure to read the article, “Life After Death” at: http://tinyurl.com/8brzh
1. The Bible (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV).