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Why are you waiting to follow God?

Pastor's corner

POSTED: March 29, 2018 5:30 p.m.

It is a common thing for people to plan on following God. Some want to "experience life" by trying everything that comes along.

They ought to read the words of Solomon. He had the means to try everything, and his conclusion was it was all vanity, or emptiness.

He said, "I, the preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecc. 1:12-14).

All should remember that life is but for a little while. James wrote, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).

The truth of this verse is witnessed almost every morning in the fall of the year.

Those who put off following God would do well to pick up a Bible and read it, for it shows the folly of waiting to serve God. They might be surprised to find that there was one who was doing the very same thing – waiting to follow God.

"And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee" (Acts 24:25).

Sadly, he never found that convenient season. No one needs to make this same mistake.

Some find it hard to believe that God would be concerned about them, but he is. He cares for everything and everybody (Matt. 6:25-30).

If they would open up his word, they would learn about the church that Christ built and for which he died.

"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18).

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood"(Acts 20:28).

Learn how God wants one to prepare for the end of this short life. His desire is that all should be saved. He allowed man to crucify his Son. This was in his plan for salvation (Acts 2:23).

The Bible gives examples of how people in the first century obeyed the Gospel and were saved (Acts 2:37,38; Acts 8:4-13; 26-39; Acts 9:1-20; 22:6-16; Acts16:13-15, 23-34).

It also tells man that he must remain faithful to God, no matter what (I Cor. 15: 1-4; Rev. 2:10).

One might still say, "Well, one of these days, I will." Just remember, "one of these days" this life will be over and there will be no more tomorrows.

As the Hebrew writer said, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27).

Make your start today.

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