Once very long ago, a prince asked that his tutor prepare him for the life beyond. “There is plenty of time for that when you are old,” the tutor replied. “No!” exclaimed the prince. “I have been to the cemetery and measured the graves, and there are many shorter than I am.” The prince was wise, for the Bible says, “What is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Tomorrow may be too late to take God seriously! To make my point, picture yourself in this cartoon that was published in a newspaper!
In the first scene, there is a young man seated at a desk. At his shoulder stood Jesus Christ, inviting him to be saved. Politely he told the Lord that he was just launching his career and had no time for anything else. The second scene showed a middle-aged man. He was heavier and well-dressed, and his larger desk was covered with papers and reports. Again Christ stood at his elbow. But again the man replied with the same answer – no time, too busy, maybe tomorrow. However, the last picture showed an old and graying man at his desk. At his shoulder stood not the Savior, but the gaunt, bony specter of Death. Death, speaking in hollow tones, declared, “I have come for you! The businessman, with frightened eyes, replied, “Go away, Death. I did not send for you.”
But Death refused to be sent away, and the man was ushered into an eternity without God. My beloved tomorrow is the fitting epitaph for many tombstones. Tomorrow sounds so innocent, but it can be life’s most dangerous word. Tomorrow is the barred and bolted door that has shut many people out of heaven! God has never promised us tomorrow. The Bible implores, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow … now is the day of salvation” (Proverbs 27:1; 2 Corinthians 6:2). Those who expect to repent and turn to Christ tomorrow may die today!
Maybe you’re reading this post and have been putting off a decision to accept Christ as Savior, just like the man in the illustration. Not a day goes by without a sobering reminder that our earthly life can end at any moment. All we need to do is read the obituary column. One message comes through loud and clear: We’re here today, but we may be gone tomorrow! Like all people since Adam and Eve, we suffer the effects of sin, and death is certain (Romans 6:23).
Yet, we can live with hope and joy, because God sent His Son to die for our sins. Jesus Christ conquered death when He rose from the grave. And if we receive Him as our personal Savior and Lord, we too can experience God’s forgiveness and look forward to being with Him in heaven forever. For you see the reality of heaven is one of the Bible’s most glorious truths. It’s a real place where our loved ones live in the presence of our great God, forever serving Him and singing His praises – all because of His amazing grace! The question that remains is:
(1) Have you faced and settled this life-and-death issue?
(2) If you were to die this very hour, would you be prepared to meet God?
It’s never too soon to accept Christ, but at any moment it could be too late.