Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
An old man lies on his death bed. His wife insists he talk with her pastor and after about two hours the man realizes he has been wrong all his life and prays to God to accept him into His kingdom. The prayer and repentance are barely out of the man’s mouth when he passes away. He has been on this earth for over 90 years living as he saw fit, then at the last moment he decides to come to Christ. Unfair? Well, maybe from our point of view but not from God’s. Would God have rather the man accept Him at a young age, of course? But God wants all of us to come to Him no matter when. God is always faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to Him.
The man in my story had denied God all his life and only when he was at death’s door did he repent. No good works or service to God, in fact he might had never darkened the door of a church but God was there waiting and ready, yes even eager, to accept this man into His kingdom. If we find a problem with that we are missing some important points. First, whether at five years old or 100 the difference in time is meaningless when compared to eternity. However long we are given on this earth is but a blink of the eye to God.
Second is something I occasionally run into is the idea that we need to do something to either earn or keep our salvation. When asked about this I turn to the thief on the cross next to Jesus who upon realizing who Jesus was asked Him to remember him in paradise. This man was not baptized, did no good works all he did was what each of us has to do, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus did everything else that needed to be done or needs to be done.
No matter where we are in our relationship with God we can rest assured that He remains faithful to us. He is ready and willing to add us to His family no matter when we choose to accept His gracious offer. For it is by His grace alone we are saved not by anything we can do lest we boast. Know me as I do I am glad it is not up to me.
Have a blessed day,