30 SEP

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

THE TRACKS OF MY YEARS

2 Corinthians 5:17

 
The thief on the cross became a Christian with his dying breath. If there is no age limit to salvation, and God will literally pull you into heaven with your last living minute, why not wait? Enjoy a few more years living it up in sin, getting some cheap thrills whilst you can, (you could call it ‘building up your testimony’!) and scrape into heaven at the last second. Best of both worlds, no?
 
Suppose the apostle Paul had taken the same attitude. Say Paul dedicated his life to strip joints and the boozer and prayed a last minute sinner’s prayer. He’d still enjoy the benefits of eternity, but the church would be a lot smaller, and the Bible would be a lot thinner. All of his good work would be erased from history. Suppose Mother Teresa spent her time in the casino knocking back Bacardi and Cokes. Yes, a last dash for salvation would guarantee her place in the book of life, but think of all the thousands of orphans forever neglected.
 
The sooner we get on track with God, the more time we’ll have for building up an everlasting legacy, and (this is big) finding ourselves ever closer and closer to the living God, here. Because the joy of knowing God – the joy of eternity – doesn’t start after you die. More than just the good we can do, there are immense blessings in walking with God in this life. John 10:10 (AMP) says “I came that they may have and enjoy life,
and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
 
What now?
 
If you’ve never made your peace with God, know that it is so, so worth it. You can do it now – there’s a section at the back of this book to help you think about it.

2 Corinthians 5:17

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