A while back, I was on a mission trip and my evangelism group met an elderly man who invited us into his home for a bible study. We studied with him for around an hour and he understood that he was in sin and needed to be saved, he knew what he needed to do, but something held him back.
“I’ve done too much evil in my life,” he told us. “There’s no way for me to be forgiven for what I’ve done. There’s too much evil in me. I’m too far gone.”
We continued to study with him about forgiveness, about how our sins are washed away when we are baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27, 1 Peter 3:21), but over and over again he repeated the same thing: “There’s too much evil, I’m too far gone.”
Eventually, we left, but we invited him to the gospel meeting we were putting on every night that week.
Later that evening, I looked for him in the crowd but didn’t see him, I assumed he hadn’t accepted the invitation to come until I saw him standing in the very back.
I wish I could say he was baptized that night, but he wasn’t.
I wish I could say that I knew if he ever did, but I don’t.
I can only pray that he did or that he one day will. I can only pray that one day he’ll realize that the blood of Jesus is stronger than all of his sins combined.
When I was younger I watched a lot of veggie tales.
I remember the one covering the story of Jonah, and in it, there was a song about God being a God of second chances.
I don’t believe that our God is a God of second chances; I believe that while we are here, alive on earth that He is a God of continual chances.
I believe that every day, every hour, every minute, and even every second is a chance that we are given because God wants us to be saved.
He wants you to be saved.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”-1 Timothy 2:1-6
Today, no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, you need to know that you have not lost your chance.
In Acts 22, Paul speaks about his past life, he tells about how he murdered and persecuted Christians.
Then, he tells about how he changed.
God wanted Paul as His child even when he was Saul.
David was a man after God’s own heart who committed a terrible sin of adultery and murder, many of his Psalms are about his sorrow and guilt, yet, he was still a man after God’s own heart despite his mistakes.
Samson made many mistakes when it came to women, especially Delilah. He could have easily given up and died believing his life was ruined by his pride, but instead he got back up again and did good in the end.
It’s never too late to turn things around, to change, to come back home.
God’s love and mercy is greater than all of our sins.
None of us are worthy of anything, especially God’s love, and yet He knew us and everything we would ever do to sin against Him and still called us beloved, perfectly and wonderfully made.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10
We were made good. We were made for good, and if you’re reading this, it’s not too late to walk in the light and be the Christian and child of God that God wants you to be.
If you know better, do better. If you are living in sin, I want you to know that you are so much more than the life you’re living.
You have a chance, the darkness and emptiness you might feel now doesn’t have to be your reality.
This doesn’t have to be how it ends.
It’s not too late.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”-Romans 5:8
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”-Titus 2:11-14
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”-1 John 1:9
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”-2 Corinthians 5:17