In the world but not of it

November 11, 2010

Last minute…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

Studying for a test the night before I was supposed to take it was a regular occurrence during my youth as was doing homework. In fact, anything that involved effort that I didn’t view as fun typically waited until the last minute for me to pay any attention to it.

It usually took the “motivation” of my father to help me along and be more responsible. Learning to be more responsible and accountable took lots of time and energy. Even more important than being better prepared was the learning experience of grasping opportunities as they came along.

There are moments in life that don’t come around too often and being tuned in to take advantage of them is not always something we are prepared to do. The phone doesn’t always ring when we expect it, the money doesn’t always arrive when it should, and we don’t usually live out our day as planned.

Interruptions happen. Life happens. When we have opportunities to share with people we need to lovingly emphasize the realities of making a decision. This can be challenging because it can seem like we are pressuring them but we need to pray for wisdom in how to explain and communicate the truth of making a decision that is literally life or death.

In our own lives we need to also be tuned in to hear the Lord “today” and to act on what He may be directing us to do and not wait until the last minute or put it off until tomorrow.

He had been praying for months to share the gospel with his father. His father had been antagonistic towards the Bible and the topic of Christianity but he could not deny the change in his son’s life. Then one day during a family get together the two had some time alone. The Lord was pressing on the son’s heart to talk with his father about the gospel but each time he wanted to bring up the conversation he felt that pit in his stomach, that fear that causes so many to say nothing.

Eventually other family interrupted them and the son did not get another opportunity that day to talk with his dad.

Everyone went home that afternoon. Later that evening as the son was getting ready to call it a night the phone rang. On the other end his mother was frantic. She had called an ambulance and then called her son. His dad appeared to have had a heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital.

His son rushed to the hospital and was allowed to see his father. That evening as the son stood next to his father’s bed holding his hand his father passed away into eternity. The son never took the opportunity to tell his dad the truth when the Holy Spirit was nudging him to do so. The opportunity was lost…

Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

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