Most likely someone has spoken to you, or mailed you literature, or handed you printed matter within the last few weeks, concerning your need for the Lord, or your obligation to serve and worship Him. It is also quite possible that you have answered either in word or thought, “I know I should, but I just don’t have time.” My friend, you just don’t realize how accurate that statement is. You don’t have time, I don’t have time, in fact, neither of us has ever met a man who did. God is the sole author and owner of time, and all the time we have is the present moment.
A FATAL MISTAKE
In Luke 12:16-19, we see a man who took time for granted, and who in his prosperity and self-interest planned his future without regard to God. God declared man’s lack of time in these words, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:” Luke 12:20.
In Acts 24:24, Paul spoke to Felix, a powerful ruler, concerning the judgment to come and the Scripture records that, “Felix trembled, and answered, go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” Felix took God’s time for granted, and he did hear Paul again, but he never again felt the conviction of the Spirit, nor did he ever come to Christ.
In Proverbs 29:1, the self involved man is thus warned. “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Dear friend, don’t take the warning of God lightly, or the time He has given you today for granted, it can be eternally fatal. In Luke 12:21, after quoting the words of God, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee,” the Lord speaks these words. “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Have you been a fool because you don’t have time? “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) Do it now friend, for now is absolutely all the time you have.
You have an invitation from God. In Revelation 22:17 God says, “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” In Isaiah 1:18 God says, “Come NOW, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” You see there is an invitation from God to come, but notice He says, COME NOW! You have no invitation nor opportunity for tomorrow. Come to Christ NOW, my friend, you really don’t have time.