Not now, maybe later

Larry Sitz - Kedron Church of Christ

Sometimes it saddens me to think of all the people and things that I have missed in my life by putting things off, because I thought I had plenty of time to do it later. I once drove by my grand parents home daily for months on my way to work and never took the time to stop and visit. Because of my 12 hour shifts, I kept putting it off till I had more time, less work, and would not be so dead tired. Tragically this time never came, and all of a sudden there was no reason to stop, for they were both gone. I had put it off too long, because I thought I would have more time. Turns out, I did have more time, but their time was over and my time with them was forever missed. Recently we attended a 20 year old relative’s funeral who left home for a short trip and never returned. I’m sure she had many more plans for that day, but death suddenly and tragically changed all that. This brief life is uncertain. If you have something to do, don’t put it off, for tomorrow could be too late.

In the 24th Chapter of Acts, Paul addressed the governor Felix concerning his faith in Christ. When Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and the judgment to come, Felix trembled and answered. “Go thy way for this time, when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” Although Felix did call and commune with Paul many times after this, it was for the prospect of getting money for granting him his freedom. Although he was fearful of the judgment to come, as far as we know, he put it off, and did not ever become a Christian.

And in the 26th Chapter of Acts, Paul orated his defense of the accusations of the Jews against him to King Agrippa. Paul related how he, being a devout Jew, had persecuted Christians, even to their death, and how Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus, and he himself was converted and became a Christian. Apparently the king, knew the scripture of the old testament and the prophesy of a Savior coming to save mankind, who would die and be raised from the dead. After Paul’s oration, King Agrippa said unto Paul, “Almost thou persuade me to be a Christian.” The king was almost persuaded, but not quite, not now. Did he ever become a Christian? We don’t know, for we are not told, but he missed his chance at that time and put it off till later.

In my younger years, I thought absolutely everything had to be done perfectly, in a timely manner. Fortunately, old age has taught me the folly of such thinking. There are important things that must be done, then there are things that I would like to do, but most things matter little if they are done or not.

When Saul, later known as Paul, was struck blind on the road to Damascus by the glory of the Lord, he was told to wait at Damascus for further instructions. God sent Ananias to restore Paul’s sight and instruct him of his mission of being a witness to all men for Jesus Christ. Then Ananias said unto him, “Now why tarriest thou, arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22: 11-16) That was a must do and do it now for Paul. This world is full of need to, want to, and would like to do things, but doing the bidding and keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ must take precedence over all others. If it’s important, do it now, not later, for tomorrow could be tragically and eternally too late.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11 a.m. Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of excellent guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month and our song leader is Prentice White. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s Holy Word.

Larry Sitz

Kedron Church of Christ

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