406. Better Late Than Never

“Something wonderful happened at our church service yesterday,” Stan began.

“What was that?” I asked.

“An elderly gentleman,” Stan responded, “who has been attending church services for many years responded to an altar call and dedicated his life to Christ.”

“He had been going to church for a long time and just now became a Christian?” I asked.

“Yes,” Stan replied.  “And the pastor asked the man if he would be willing to tell the congregation about it.  He did and spoke for a few minutes.  Very heartwarming.”

Continuing, Stan said, “The week before, the pastor had presented a message on a verse in the apostle Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth.  The verse deals with Paul’s admonition for the church to test themselves to see if they are in the faith.”

“And is that what the man did?” I asked.

“That is what he said,” Stan replied.  “He told the church that he had spent the week thinking and praying about his faith.  About whether or not it was real.  He said he concluded that it was not, and that he was going to make it real while he still had time on this side of eternity.”

Concluding, Stan said, “Accepting the free gift of salvation through Christ’s finished work on the cross is essential for each one of us.  I don’t know of anything that better shows the truth of the adage, ‘Better late than never’!”

“Sooner is best, but later is better than never in making the decision that comes from a heartfelt testing or examination of where a person is on the scale of faith.”

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Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!  Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?  2 Corinthians 13:5.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for your provision of life eternally with you through the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross.  Thank you for bringing me to the truth of your provision of salvation.  You know that it took me a long time to come to that point, but I finally got there by your leading to examine myself and the condition of my faith.  Thank you for that leading.  I pray for each person who thinks he or she is yours.  I lift them to you in prayer that you will open them to truly examine themselves and their relationship with you so that they will see whether or not they pass the test.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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