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.
and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:10
The news media has all types of stories. The interesting thing is that two different sources of media can report the news with exactly two opposite different views on what occurred. With this being done, one side is most likely telling a lie or attempting to deceive the public.
This is done in order to push a certain agenda or belief, rather than face the truth of the matter.
Paul talks about the coming lawless one who will promote lies. Many will follow because they refuse to love the truth, thus they will not be saved.
Rejection of truth is a very common problem for many people. The truth can often cause embarrassment or shame and lots of temporary pain. Very few people want to face the truth that they are wrong and are being condemned. They love their wicked ways and cannot see that what they are doing is wrong.
Throughout history many people have left a church because they did not want to face the truth that was being preached. The base truth is that every person is a sinner and steeped in sinful ways.
Living as a sinner will cause one to be condemned by God to eternal life in hell. No one wants to believe that God would do such a thing, so they reject the truth and continue to live in sin. Things are seen and believed only in a way that promotes self, not God or others.
Every person who chooses to believe the truth will turn from all sin and choose to live as God desires. Believing the truth that Jesus brought will bring one to a saving knowledge of Him.
Examine your life and see what you are believing is the truth. Be willing to reject the lies that the world is promoting and believe in the truth of Jesus Christ and the gospel message He proclaimed.
Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the sinful ways of this world that cause you to sin and live in sin. Allow the truth of Jesus to change your life, your actions and ways of thinking.
God will give you His Holy Spirit to open your eyes to His truth and the deception of this fallen world.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will accept the truth of God in your life; that you will allow God to reveal the lies of this world; that you will know the salvation Jesus promises; and that you will live according to God’s commands.