Monday, September 19, 2016

The final last-chance

"The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance."2 Peter 3:9


waiting for a train

Held the day before registration for the Boston Marathon opens, the Via Marathon in Allentown, PA, bills itself as a a last-chance qualifier for entry into the coveted Massachusetts race. For many of the runners counting on it to get in this year, the day did not go as planned. It seems a slow-moving freight train (not scheduled to be running at that time) delayed more than 100 runners at mile seven for more than 10 minutes. Ryan Dion, 40, who traveled from Myrtle Beach, SC, and was one of the unfortunate ones that missed achieving a Boston qualifying time because of the delay said, "People were panicking, looking to go through the train and around the train.”

When it comes to delays, the Bible tell us that, "The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance." His promise is that Jesus is coming back soon. How soon? No one knows. But we do know this-when He returns, there will be no more last-chances. At that moment, you will either be a follower or you won't, you will either be ready or you won't... plain and simple. And for those found unprepared, you can bet there will be panic greater than any ever seen before. 

While the marathon delay denied many the chance to qualify for entry into the Boston Marathon, God's delay has allowed every non-believer another chance to accept and follow Him that they might qualify for the most coveted of all events, Eternal Life spent with Jesus. But don't delay. Today might just be your last-chance. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for delaying your coming and judgement that more people would have the opportunity to choose to follow you. Help us to realize the urgency of the need to make that decision today as we are not promised tomorrow or another last-chance. And help us to share the Gospel with the lost with an urgency like we have never felt before. Set a fire within us Lord to save those who don't know you. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.

Happy Running!!!

Are you ready? - Becka Shae
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSJHrh79eH0