Should you put off the issue of dealing with Christ? Some delay evaluating the validity of His pronouncement of the condemned human condition apart from saving faith in Him, thinking they will deal with it later–as death becomes a more obvious reality and they become less preoccupied with the here and now. But is this a prudent course of action–can we risk refusing to evaluate His truth claims now?
“I tell you that the ‘right time’ is now, and the ‘day of salvation’ is now.” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NCV)
The problem with putting these issues off indefinitely is that many never do find a suitable moment to contemplate them. Putting them off at all, for that matter, is foolish, because–quite honestly–we are not guaranteed our next breath, much less tomorrow, next week or next year. Yet many nonetheless do, ignoring their eternal destiny for decades. And many of them die condemned under the just wrath of God because of their sin, having by default refused the free gift of forgiveness and acceptance provided through Jesus Christ. But why shouldn’t I wait until later to decide?
Yes, there is the seemingly less likely possibility of an accidental death, but let’s be honest–statistically most of us die because of illness or age-related issues. So why not wait until life is less busy and I can spend enough time evaluating all the evidence at my leisure?
This may seem like a plan. The problem, however, lies in our lack of understanding as to how much of ourselves will actually remain at our disposal at a later time–even if we make it that far.
The reality is that God provides the resources required for the various stages of life, yet we tend to assume that everything will continue as it always has. When we are children, it feels like we will never grow up. When we do reach adulthood, we inherently assume our physical and mental capabilities will continue indefinitely. They won’t.
Each increasing year affects everyone differently, but we are all touched nonetheless. Certain issues will be more debilitating than others, some will be physical and others mental–but it is the exceedingly rare individual who makes it to his last breath in relatively good condition–and who with the faculties of a twenty-year-old?
What we tend to not realize is that pain is exhausting. The ill person is either drugged up or so preoccupied with his suffering that there is nothing left to finally evaluate and contemplate matters of eternal importance.
Increasingly, also, the older generation–whether because of toxins, diet or other issues not yet determined–is falling prey to debilitating diseases of the mind, such as Altzheimer’s and other types of dementia. And while you can try to reason with such a one–and perhaps some can still comprehend on a certain level–the agility of mind required for studious examination of spiritual issues and contemplation is no longer there. It is unfortunate, but “that ship has sailed.”
Jesus actually tells us, “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 13:12 NIV)
Those who have taken the time to evaluate Christ sufficiently to accept and believe will get stronger in their faith and more perceptive in their understanding of things eternal as the years progress. But those who have rejected Him–and don’t deceive yourself, putting it off is synonymous with rejecting because you really are rejecting at this moment–well…if you consistently want nothing to do with Him, eventually He says, “okay.” Even what you thought you had is gone, and the opportunity has closed forever.
So, should you put off the issue of dealing with Christ? More significantly, can you afford to delay? Don’t.
Dear Lord God,
I know that now is the right time. Help me spend the time I need studying what You say, so I can be convinced You are right. Amen.