We all know the story about the religious man who was on the porch of his house when a storm was approaching. Someone came with a car and asked him to get in. When the water was getting inside the house another man in a truck offered help. Later when he was on top of the roof another neighbor in a boat came by. Finally when the water was up to his waist a man in a helicopter – threw down a ladder and told him to get in.
He turned down all the requests saying that God would perform a miracle and save him. When he arrived in heaven with broken faith he complained: “I thought God would grant me a miracle and save me, but I have been let down.” Then he heard the response: “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you a car, a truck, a boat and a helicopter.”
We know that salvation is in Christ and in Christ alone. The Bible is very clear when it states that truth: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12”
We also know and understand that many people in our world do not have the same opportunities that we have here. The access to the information about the Gospel and Christ are limited and in some places almost nonexistent.
But, unfortunately, many people are treating the salvation of their soul in the same way that the man in our story treated his rescue. They are given all the opportunities possible to hear about Christ and to receive Him as their Savior and Lord, but they are still waiting for something else to happen.
This reminds me of the time when the Pharisees and leaders who were waiting for the Messiah asked Jesus for a sign and Jesus was right there in front of them. This is part of the text: “The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42”
God gave them Moses, God sent the prophets, and then sent John the Baptist, and finally God sent His one and only Son. But they just could not believe. This is what they said when He was on the cross: “The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One. Luke 23:35”
My friend, our generation does not have any excuse to offer when the time comes to face God and His judgment. We have the Scriptures, church, friends, flyers, TV, Internet, and much more. We have been bombarded on a daily basis with the message and Gospel of Christ. We probably are the generation that had more opportunities than anybody else in history had.
The sad part is that many, and I mean many people will miss the opportunity that has been graciously offered to them. Do you know anyone who is missing this tremendous opportunity? Are you one of them? If you know someone who is missing this opportunity or if you are one of them, I pray that the Spirit of God will touch your hearts and help you to surrender your lives to Christ.
Have a blessed week,