Your Last Opportunity
“YES, I would like to be a Christian, and intend to be sometime,” said a man to his friend one day, “but I want to enjoy the pleasures of the world first.”
“Well, that’s all right,” responded his friend. “Go on and enjoy the world! You can become a Christian afterwards.”
“But just when should I become a Christian?” inquired the other, in a somewhat anxious tone of voice."
Oh, five minutes before you die will be time enough,” replied his friend in a casual sort of way.
“But I don’t know when I am going to die,” he exclaimed. “I may not have another five minutes to live.”
“In that case,” remarked the friend, “the time to become a CHRISTIAN is NOW.”
“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” Proverbs 27:1. You may have another chance, but, remember, there is a time coming when you will not, when you will have to make the final choice.
And this, my unsaved friend, may be that time. As sure as God lives, the hour will strike when you will attend your last meeting, hear your last sermon, and make your last choice. So let me say once more that this may be your last opportunity.
Remember, there is no “tomorrow” with God. His Word declares that “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” II Corinthians 6:2. God’s time is now.
There are three things which may make this your last opportunity. First of all,
Life is Uncertain.
“The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my good. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided?” Luke 12:16-20
Oh, fool, fool, not to reckon with the uncertainty of life! And will you, too, play the fool, and continue to procrastinate until suddenly your doom is sealed? Death everywhere, startling and unexpected! Today here, tomorrow in eternity; today walking about strong and well, tomorrow lying cold and silent! Accidents on every side! Danger wherever you go!
Why, man, the next train you ride on may hurl you into the presence of your Maker! The street you cross on your way home may see your mangled body beneath the wheels of a passing car. Yes, even now, while plans for tomorrow are passing through your mind, the voice of God, could you but hear it, may be saying to you also, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee,” or “This year thou shalt die” Jeremiah 28:16.
Ah, yes! life is uncertain. And the second thing that may make this your last opportunity is the fact that
Jesus Is Coming.
The time of His coming no man knows, but the fact of His coming is absolutely certain. Some day, suddenly, He will burst the clouds asunder, “for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Hear now the story of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. They were all waiting for and expecting Him, but the wise were ready, the foolish were asleep. “And at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him. . .
“And they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage and the door was shut. “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. “But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” Matthew 25:1-13
Are you ready? Dare you meet Him tonight? If He should come before morning, would it be all right with you? Are you prepared to meet Him now? Oh, sinner friend, I beg of you to delay no longer, Trifle not! Jesus is coming, and you - how will you face Him? What will you say?
“Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” Matthew 24:44. “Prepare to meet thy God” Amos 4:12.
There is one final thought, a possibility that invites your most solemn consideration. This may be your last opportunity because,
The Spirit May Cease To Strive.
“God is departed from me” I Samuel 28:15
These were the words of Saul - saddest, darkest experience in life. Oh, the hopelessness of such a condition - the Spirit gone, God departed, man left to Himself, night approaching, swift and certain doom! Oh, to have no hope in Jesus!
“God gave them up” Romans 1:24 “Gave them up” Romans 1:26 “God gave them over. . . “ Romans 1:28
- forsaken by God, the God who loved them, who died for them, and would have saved them, if they would have but heard.
Year after year, month after month, week after week, the Spirit has been striving with you. God has been calling, pleading, beseeching, but - “Ye would not.” Again and again you have heard His voice in sermon and in song. Every time the invitation has been given, you have recognized the gentle wooings of the Holy Spirit entreating you to give yourself to Jesus. And every time you have answered, “No!”
“My Spirit shall not always strive with man” Genesis 6:3.
These are the solemn words of God Himself. Oh! then, be warned before it is forever too late! Will you seal your doom, and damn your own soul? Or will you obey the voice of the Spirit now, and take the Lord Jesus as your Saviour? Would to God I could persuade you!
Oh, my unsaved friend, I plead with you, come, delay not, for the Spirit may cease to strive, and your last opportunity be gone!