“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:42
Imagine with me for a moment: You wake up one morning and crawl out of bed. You sleepily go into the kitchen, turn the coffee pot on, and begin to do things just as you normally do every day. You turn the television on to see what the news is reporting for that day. As the television comes on, before the picture even gets clear, you hear the panic in the reporters voice as she tries to calmly explain what is taking place. It seems that overnight something unexplainable has happened. Millions of people have just vanished. Parents can not find their children. Nurses are missing their patients. The hospital nursery has been robbed of every single newborn. Chaos is building.
You begin to panic. Not because of all the horrible things being reported on the news. No, this panic is coming from somewhere deep in your heart. Why? Because you are suddenly faced with the reality that it has actually happened. You begin to think back on all those years you listened to your grandma talk about getting your life right, about all the church services you sat through, halfheartedly listening to the preacher speak about a day coming soon when your life as you know it would end. Oh, it all seemed like a bunch of make-believe back then. Why, just yesterday your mama called to say that she was praying for you and that she hoped you would join her for church on Sunday. As these memories play through your mind like a movie in slow motion, you feel tears begin to roll down your face. You feel the panic rising in your chest, and at that moment you have no choice but to admit it: Jesus has returned and you have been left behind.
Friend, I realize that the picture I have just painted for you is a made up story. Please understand, however, that even though the story is made up, the subject we are talking about is very real. It is coming sooner than you think, and if you are not prepared it will catch you off guard. We are told in the Bible that no one knows when God will send His son, Jesus, to come get His children. We are told that Jesus will come as a thief in the night. This does not necessarily mean that Jesus will return at night. It means that He will return quietly, quickly, without warning.
You will not have time to prepare. You will not have time to get it together then. No, when Jesus does come back to take God’s children home, it will be too late to change your mind. Your decision will have been made. You will then be left to suffer through the most horrific days this world has ever seen.
Normally I would take this time to encourage you. This morning I want to take a moment to plead with you. If you have never accepted Jesus into your heart, if you have never turned your life over to God, if you have never allowed Jesus to come in and change you, Please do not wait. I truly believe that Jesus could return any day. Do not wait until it is too late. Please do not be the one about whom I was telling the story.
God has made it very simple for you. He has laid out the plan. He has paid the price. All you have to do is accept the free gift that Jesus has offered you. All you have to do is admit that you have sinned and commit to a life that will be spent doing your best to honor God and keep His commandments. Three words stand between you and complete forgiveness of your sins. Those three words are, Father forgive me. It really is that simple.
Now, I want to encourage you. If you have not been saved, if you have not allowed Jesus to come in and wash your sins away, please do it right now. If in reading this you have come to the realization that you need this forgiveness and you have prayed a prayer of repentance let me be the first one to welcome you into God’s family. If you have been a Christian for many years, let me just encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.
I firmly believe with all of my heart that we are living in the last days. I believe that any day now Jesus could split the eastern sky and call all of His children to Heaven to be with Him. I am looking forward to that day, and I want you to be there with me.
You have a choice to make. Believe me when I say, “Your life depends on it.” Will you take some time to consider what you have just read this morning? If you have questions, feel free to leave me a comment here, or you can even visit me on Facebook. My email address is listed in the “About Me” section if you would like to send me an email.
Let me end by reminding you of this: Jesus loves you so much that He was willing to die on a cross for your sins. He loves you so much that He not only died on a cross for your sins, He has even gone to Heaven to prepare a place just for you.
How could you turn your back on the one who loves you enough to die for you? How could you turn down such a wonderful gift as this? Will you accept His gift today?