This is actually a rerun of a rerun; I am cheating big time and slipping this one in again. I was actually going to write about Felix and how he told the Apostle Paul that he would call for him later and a more convenient time. I recalled mentioning Felix in a blog post, so I looked. So, here you have it. This fits with our Follow Me! series. It’s about God calling folks and their responses. He is calling YOU; what is YOUR response?
A while back in a post or a comment(I don’t remember where exactly), my friend ColorStorm, asked a question along the lines of: “Hey, how’s that pulse doing?” I sort of hijacked the phrase, stole it if you will, and now I use it fairly often. It has, as I was told, a certain shelf life.
So, what’s the point?
We are all born, and we all die. As the saying goes; Nothing is certain but death and taxes. We all hope to live a long, happy, and fruitful life. We also know that is not always the case; tales of unexpected, sudden death are all around us. How many times have we heard the phrase:
Oh…it was just so UNEXPECTED!
Of course, it’s rarely expected, It is, however, coming. Do we know when? What are some things God’s Word has to say about the timing of our passing from this world?
Job 7:1 Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
James 4:13-15 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Many will say: “Well yes, life is short and can end unexpectedly, but death is just all my cells ceasing to function. As long as I made the most of what I had, it’s all good”
But, we are not just a collection of cells. Read how we were created:
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
We are a living soul; we are a living soul which will live eternally. We were created by God to exists in joyful fellowship with him forever. God was so close with His creation, Adam and Eve, that he walked with them in the cool of the day. God wanted to exist with us in eternal love and fellowship; however, He did not force this love upon us. He gave us the free will to choose love, or rebellion.
Satan showed up in the Garden that fateful day, spouting his damnable lies.
Hath God said?
Ye shall not surely die
It was all downhill from there, Eve ate; Adam ate. Because of their sin and rebellion
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Furthermore, sin has a penalty, a penalty which must be paid, for the wages of sin is death.
That’s the bad news. We have all sinned, and we are all under the penalty of sin, for which the only payment possible is death, physical as well as spiritual. We saw that above, but that was not the whole thing. Here is the rest:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God has promised us eternal life through the atoning work of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It is available to us all; repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is all that is required. All we have to do is agree, and ask.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Here is the problem. There are no do overs. The only chance for us to make the decision regarding our eternal destiny is here, and now, and in this lifetime. Once we draw the final breath, we have no more chances.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
2 Corinthians 6:2 ……now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation
In the book of acts we see the stories of two men, Felix and Aggripa, both of whom the Apostle Paul shared the Gospel with. they had the following to say.:
Felix: Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
Agrippa: Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
What we never see, no matter how hard we read and study, is any record that anything ever changed for those two men. They wanted a more convenient season, they were almost persuaded.
Oh…it was just so UNEXPECTED!
It may be expected; it may be sudden. It will, however, BE. The death rate among the general population is 100 percent.
But the choice is ours. We can accept the Grace of God and the payment Jesus Christ made on our behalf….or we can reject it. But, now is the time. There may not be a later.
So…..How Is that pulse doing?