November 20, 2019

Seize the Moment

“Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 (TLB)

A common deception that is keeping many people from God is the assumption that they may come to Christ anytime they like. “I don’t need to come to God now for salvation, I’ll wait and come later when I’m older and unable to have any fun in life.” I read a bumper sticker one day that summed up the truth about that statement: “Those who wait until the midnight hour to repent usually die at 11:30!”

As you read through the Bible, you’ll find the Sovereign work of the Spirit of God moving at His will, in His way, and on His timetable. The writer of Hebrews says, “God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today.’ This He did when a long time later He spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7 (NIV)

The danger in hardening your heart, assuming that you can respond to His call anytime, is that one day you will no longer hear Him. Don’t miss the day of God’s visitation. Listen to what Jesus said when He came riding into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, “But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, He began to weep. ‘How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.’” Luke 19:41-44 (NLT2)

There are divine moments in our lives when God calls us to Himself. These are precious invitations of grace. They are the convicting work of the Holy Spirit to bring us to Christ. They lead us to the threshold of faith. But this is where God bows Himself out and we must respond. He never forces Himself upon us. He gently knocks at the door and awaits us to open our hearts and lives to Him. But the Bible teaches us that God’s Spirit will not always strive with men. There can come a day when we no longer hear Him knocking on our heart’s door. In John 6, Jesus put it like this, “No one is able to come to Me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent Me (and I will raise him up on the last day).” John 6:44 (MOFF)

Concerned that there were those in the church of Corinth who were delaying their response to Christ’s grace, the Apostle Paul wrote: “As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NLT2) Today is indeed “the day of salvation.” There is no guarantee that any one of us will have the opportunity to be saved tomorrow. You don’t get to choose when you come to Christ. Only when He is near, and His Spirit convicts may we come. This is why the Prophet Isaiah said, “Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 (TLB)

Have you been putting off your response to God’s Spirit? Delay is a response. It’s saying, “I’m not going to receive Your grace and forgiveness now.” But now is the time!  It’s the only time you and I have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not come. The good news is that if you’re worried you’ve waited too late, you’re in a good place. You haven’t. Today is your day of salvation. Open your heart to Christ now and receive Him as your Savior from sin. Decide now to follow Him and let Him have control of your life.