Now is the Time

Posted on February 1, 2012 by

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It seemed like when we were growing up, a day at school went on forever. An hour in church  would never end. I believe that I have actually seen a preacher stop time, or at least it felt like it. Time does pass faster with high school and then even faster with college. Once college is over the next thing you know you’re thirty and then you’re forty, then fifty. If your are in your mid thirties and look back over your life it will seem like it went really fast. The older you get the faster time goes. Weeks feel like days, and years feel like a month. It goes so fast we tend to overlook some very important decisions.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:11-14 ESV

This is a true story. It is a reflection of how a lot of us deal with our Heavenly Father. There was a 13 year old girl name Amber. Who lived in Tacoma, Washington with her dad. Her mom died when she was young. She wanted to go to a party that Friday night with some of her friends from school.  It was unchaperoned and there were going to be boys there. She asked her dad and he said NO! She became very angry and said to her dad, ” I hate you” and stormed out the door to school.   She came home after school at the regular time did her homework and started cooking some supper. Five o’clock came and went, her dad did not come home. She began to worry a little, but her dad had been late before. Six o’clock came and went. Seven o’clock came and she heard his car pull up in the driveway. “That’s funny. He didn’t park in the garage like he always does.” A few minutes went by and she heard a knock on the door and she said, ” what’s up with him, he must have forgotten his key again.” She opened the door, and there were two police officers standing at the door with their hats off.  Her dad was killed in a car wreck that afternoon, and the last words she ever spoke to him were, “I hate you.” Please don’t put off  your relationship with God. There are no guarantees in this life. None of us know when our time is up so it is important to God, our families and ourselves to get our life in order.

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 NLT

Salvation is God’s greatest miracle.  I have seen countless people’s lives change not because of their own ability, but because of the Word of God.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16 ESV

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:10 ESV

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For He says:

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – II Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, where as worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV

It is possible to live for this life only, to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die, but it is not a productive life. It is not a joyful life because it is a life that ends in eternal death and total separation from everyone we love. Today Jesus Christ is your Savior. Tomorrow He will judge you.

Let me share another story. It comes straight from the Bible except I have changed the gender so it might be easier for you to relate to the story. Then Jesus said:  “A certain man had two daughters.  And the younger of them said to her father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them her livelihood.  And not many days after, the younger daughter gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted her possessions with prodigal living.  But when she had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and she began to be in want.  Then she went and joined herself to a citizen of that country, and he sent her into his fields to feed swine.  And she would gladly have filled her stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave her anything.

“But when she came to herself, she said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,  and I am no longer worthy to be called your daughter ’. Make me like one of your hired servants.”  “And she arose and came to her father. But when she was still a great way off, her father saw her and had compassion,  and ran and fell on her neck and kissed her.  And the daughter said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your daughter.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on her, and put a ring on her hand and sandals on her feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;  for this my daughter was dead and is alive again; she was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.  She drew near to the house, she heard music and dancing.  So she called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.  And he said to her, ‘Your sister has come, and because he has received her safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’

“But she was angry and would not go in.

Therefore her father came out and pleaded with her.  So she answered and said to her father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this daughter of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with wild men, you killed the fatted calf for her.’ “And he said to her, ‘Daughter, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your sister was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ” (This passage is found in Luke 15:11-32)

This story written in the male gender is the story of my life. I did as so many before me had done. I squandered my Fathers inheritance.  I don’t want you to squander your Father’s inheritance,  it is never too late to turn over your life to Christ. Your Heavenly Father loves you so very much. He is not just waiting for you, He is running towards you with open arms just as fast  as He can. He is down on His knees begging you to accept the most precious gift   known to man.

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.  When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’  In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! Luke 15:4-7 NLT

It is quite amazing to me that we, as sinners, bring more joy in heaven than 99 just persons. Life can be hard. It is extremely hard to overcome, and we cannot do it by ourselves, We need a Savior. Jesus said:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 NLT

So please do not wait another minute. Get down on your knees and cry out to God for your salvation. Admit to Him that you are a sinner. Tell Him you believe that the Bible is His inerrant Word. Ask Him to come into your heart and take control of your life. Do these things in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.  I know I have never regretted my salvation for a minute. I struggled with my decision for years, and it is my hope and prayer that you will not have to suffer through everything I did. Life is so much easier when you have the Holy Spirit of God inside of you. Living and breathing with your every thought.

Behold, now is the acceptable time,

Behold, now is the day of salvation.