Free Bible Study Magazine
By Cheryl Harrison
I woke up this morning with deadlines on my mind. Today is February 20th, and my newsletter article is due. The desire of my heart is to turn the article in on time, but what to write? What to write? Okay, it’s settled. I will write about deadlines.
Try as we might, we can’t escape the time-constraints that are set on our lives. It all begins with our birth. Yes, to the chagrin of our mothers, some of us arrived late, but in reality God set the deadlines for our birth and our death. He did this before we took our first breath.
Psalm 139:16 (Living Bible) says it best–“You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!”
From the moment of our birth, our parents and teachers strove to prepare us for the reality of adulthood. Once that goal was achieved, we suddenly found ourselves thrust into a world full of deadlines.
Some of us married and had children before we reached a certain age. Others focused on education and career goals, hoping to attain wealth and retirement while we were still young. All of us took on financial responsibilities which, in and of themselves, added a new dimension to time-limits.
We are busy people. We hit and miss deadlines all the time. We are governed by goals and target-dates, but there is an important deadline that looms over everyone — the deadline of our salvation. Some of us have already responded to God’s call, but others are teetering on the edge of indecision. Many of us have our eternal security nailed down, but others believe God’s deadline can be manipulated.
Scripture is clear about deadlines…”For he says, ‘In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
If we have not responded to God’s free gift of salvation, the deadline is NOW! If we have received His wonderful gift of grace, it is imperative that we tell others about the urgency of His deadline. Scripture reminds us that God is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish. But even God’s desire for everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), will not outlast His deadline… “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:12-13).
NOW is the day of salvation, and there is no better time than the present!
The Romans Road to Salvation
Who is good?
Romans 3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one…
Who has sinned? Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
God’s price for sin
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Who paid the price?
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The only way out:
Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Take God at His word and claim His promise for your salvation!
Romans 10:13 “For whoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved!
Article © Cheryl Harrison. Image © Melissa Dockstader
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