WAIT A MINUTE!!

Ephesians 2:10 [Full Chapter]

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

These are the questions that torment my wife only when we’re pretty well past the point of no return on a trip:Lit Burner.jpg

  • Are all of the stove burners off?
  • Are the timers set for the lights?
  • Did we remember to plug them IN to the timers?
  • Is the thermostat turned up/down to save dollars on the utilities?
  • And my personal favorite – Is the garage door down?open-garage

She’s just a little compulsive about, oh, a lot of things. I couldn’t tell you how many times she’s been late to work for the number of times she had to go around the block to be sure she really did put the garage door down.

I once waited till we were almost asleep to whisper, “Did the dome light in the car go off?” and then held her down, not letting her go out and check.

I still say I was just doing a little therapy to help her get over this thing. She maintains I’m just a sadistic jerk.  I was going to put in a voting button, but I’m not sure of the men to women ratio in my readership, so I’m playing it safe.

If you can in any way identify with her “Wait a minute!” compulsions, then have I got a contemplation for you!

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“I’m not quite dead yet…”

Imagine lying on your death bed, family gathered ‘round, pastor or priest in attendance, and someone humming “Nearer My God to Thee.” You feel yourself starting to slip away, and that proverbial light starts to shine behind the unmistakable outline of Jesus.  A peaceful smile starts to cross your features.

 

Suddenly you bolt upright, eyes popping out of your head, as you scream “Wait a minute!”

Let’s see what might make your almost peaceful departure hit some turbulence. Well, there’s…

  • …that raggedy, hungry-looking guy at McDonald’s you thought about buying breakfast for but didn’t.
  • …your best friend you never tried to really tell about Jesus, because you were sure you’d just ruin the friendship.
  • …telling your pastor you didn’t want to say yes to helping teach a bible class, because (your lie) vs. (your real reason).
  • …not giving an extra offering off that bonus, because you only pledged $X.00 per week.
  • …ignoring a new face at church, because you didn’t want to embarrass yourself, if they were just from the other service.
  • …gossiping. About anyone. Anywhere. Any time.

That’s a list that can go on ad nauseum. Imagine those bullet points flying across your sight as you slip away, and you backpedaling like a dog who sees the flea dip tub.

“WAIT A MINUTE! I’M NOT DONE!!”

And that would be whose fault?

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.    James 1:27

Jesus made no secret that His mercy is to beget our mercy. His true followers would pass along His good deeds to witness to the love of God to them and the world.  Good deeds have even been prepared in advance for us to do!

Thing is, I’ve already missed a boatload of opportunities. I’ll miss more.  I’m riddled with sin, and echo David in the psalm, I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.    Psalm 73:22

The Gospel? If indeed we do see those mistakes parade before us in our last seconds on earth, if indeed we do struggle to stay for guilt and fear, trying to ask for one more minute, I think Jesus will spread his forgiving arms, spread that loving smile, maybe even chuckle, and say, “Come on home.  You believed in Me and showed it by your life.  Anything else, well, My child, I had your back the whole time.  Come see the mansion I prepared for you.”

At that point, who wants to wait a minute?

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One thought on “WAIT A MINUTE!!

  1. We all have problems. Does the refrigerator light go out when I shut the door? If I worry will it make me grow an inch taller or will it keep all my hair? He’s got the hairs all numbered. God knows where it all went. We miss opportunities to share the gospel. We often fear man rather than God. We fear being rejected. If we tell someone we are a Christian, we might lose a friend If they know we associate with the Most Holy. They don’t want to be around any one whom they think are more holy, so don’t be a holier than thou person. It is human nature to run away from God. Adam, Eve and Jonah ran away from God because they didn’t obey God’s command. Don’t worry about your neighbors faith. You cannot give anyone faith. Be concerned about your own faith. Here is the paradox: If you have it you cant lose it. If you lose it you never had it. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. We are only messengers of the Gospel. God does all the work. Decision theology is out! John 6:65 And he (Jesus) said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” You were chosen by God before He created all worlds. God caught you like a floundering fish in a drag net. Did you not see, when we celebrated Epiphany, the cross with a drag net draped over it and on the parament adorning the pulpit, a net with fish caught in it? Your conscience is enlightened by an Epiphany and is made captive to the Word of God. Jesus’ flock knows the Good Shepherd’s voice and he knows them by name.The Sovereign God gets what He wills. God’s word does not return void. Leave it to theologians to discuss the doctrine of Predestination and Election. That is too complicated for the layman. I think pastors have better work to do.

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