“Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But He will answer, “I don’t know you or where you come from’”. Luke 13:25
“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32
Have you ever been unprepared for a big business meeting? Have you ever been on your heels with your head spinning grasping for straws? That is how it will be for most people duped into believing God grades on a performance plan, or some national average, or cosmic curve. Wrong! God’s standard is nothing less than holiness. We are all sin-stained and chained, fallible, and flawed by comparison. And in our natural condition, we are destined for doom. You see, we cannot come to Christ anytime we like. First, the Holy Spirit must convict. Unfortunately, the earthly 4-1-1 on judgment is that God will lower the bar and ratchet down His holiness to usher the masses into heaven. You know, all the “good people” who might not have been perfect, but tried hard to be decent upstanding citizens. Well, Jesus says our humanistic and finite 4-1-1 on judgment is the wrong number, because many—the good and bad alike—should be dialing 9-1-1 for His help. We will never know when God decides to walk away from the door and say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” Yikes! Although our first death is unavoidable, our second death is. Only through Jesus Christ does death yield to life. Salvation starts today, because if you wait until tomorrow you just might discover that yesterday was your last chance.
Give thanks for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Rejoice in the ultimate freedom and joy only found in Christ. Ask for forgiveness as you lay each sin before Him, and praise the name of the Lord.
Read John 17:20-26. Then reflect on Jesus’ words as you continue to pray for at least five people you know facing a Christ-less eternity.