And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16
Advertisements bombard people every day as being very urgent and that one needs to act upon it right now. Often they say that one has to call within the next few minutes to get the deal. Or they say that you must come in and get the deal now, before it goes away.
Many different things call for priority of immediate action. Passing on doing something, may mean that it is lost forever.
As Paul is talking about his conversion experience, he tells the people that after Ananias had told him about Jesus, he asked what he was waiting for. Then he told Paul to be baptized and wash away his sins calling on Jesus.
Going through life, there are times that there are things that need immediate action. Most often the things that need to fastest action are when there is an emergency that can cause harm or death. In reality, outside of a life and death emergency, most things can be held off on acting upon it.
One thing that many people see as a non-emergency is believing in Jesus and being saved. Although life appears to be good and one feels he can accept Jesus later, one thing he does not know is the exact moment he will die. Once a person dies, there is no hope of being saved, if he has not chosen to follow Jesus while alive.
Knowing that one could die at any moment, means that believing in and following Jesus is the highest priority of action one can ever make in his life. It is an action that will effect today and throughout all of eternity. There is no time for waiting to make a decision.
If you have already made a decision to follow Jesus and make Him your Lord and Savior, that is great. However, if you have not made that decision, today is the day to make it. In fact, right now is the time to decide.
Waiting only increases the odds that it will be too late and you will die in your sins, being condemned for eternity, exiled from God for eternity.
Now that you have heard the message of Jesus Christ, today is the day to make that decision to follow Him.
What are you waiting for?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to believe in Jesus; that you will choose to turn away from all sins to follow God; that you will not wait anymore in following God with all of your life; and that you will pass the gospel message on to others who need it today.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
After the disciples had waited in Jerusalem, God had sent His Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised. When they had received the Holy Spirit, the people started talking in tongues and the people around them were amazed. Peter told them that this is what was promised by Jesus who they had crucified. Then the people asked Peter what they should do and Peter answered for them to repent and be baptized.
All around the world there are many different views on how to get to heaven. Every religion, except Christianity, requires work to be done and then a person might get into heaven.
Jesus is the only one who does not require any works to get into heaven. Works, while very good, are not enough to get into heaven and Jesus knew that. God had it in mind to provide a way for every person to get into heaven. No person is good enough to get in by his own personal merits or works.
When He died upon the cross, He paid the price for all the sins of every person. Jesus is able to remove all sins through forgiveness of them. He made a way for every person to be able to get into heaven.
Being saved and getting into heaven is not a difficult process. All a person needs to do is repent of his sins. That is he must be sorrowful of and turn from all his sins. He must than accept what Jesus has done for him, paid the price for the sins and removed them for all eternity.
Jesus made the way into heaven so simple that even a child can do it. He wants everyone to be saved and get into heaven. God does not want anyone to have to be sent to hell.
Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself why God should allow you into heaven. There is only one correct answer, and that is Jesus paid the price and has forgiven you of your sins.
If you cannot answer the question with that answer, seek Jesus and repent of your sins. Turn away from your sins and believe in Jesus and you shall be saved.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins and turn to Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit.