One day when I dropped my husband off at our local train station, I watched as the conductor scanned the area for stragglers. A woman with wet hair bounded from the parking lot and up into the train. Then, a man in a dark suit strode to the platform and climbed aboard. The conductor waited patiently while several more late-comers sprinted to the tracks and boarded at the last moment.
Just as the conductor was patient with people boarding the train, God patiently waits for people to come to know Him. However, someday Jesus will return and “the heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire” (2 Peter 3:10). When this happens, or when our physical bodies die, it will be too late to establish a relationship with God.
The Lord is “patient with [us],“ Peter says, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (v. 9). If you have delayed deciding to follow Christ, there is good news – you can still commit yourself to Him. “If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). He is calling. Will you run in His direction? – Jennifer Benson Schuldt
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me;
see, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
watching for you and for me. – Thompson
Now is the time to choose the Lord.
- May 8, Vol 23, Our Daily Bread