Jason and I have been considering getting new phones for several months now. The initial plan was to use our Christmas money to make the purchase. Unfortunately, other needs arose around that time, so the phones had to be put off a little longer. Still, we've kept our eyes open for good deals. Basically, we have it narrowed down to two phones (each from a different carrier).
One day last week, I came home from walking the dogs, and Jason had made an important discovery. One of the two phones we had been watching was now available for free. It's normally a $200 phone. He was excited, but I still had some reservations. "Let's not rush into," I said. "Let's pray about it and make sure this is what the Lord wants us to do." He agreed, we discussed the pros and cons into the evening, and then we both pledged to pray about it separately and discuss the matter further the next day.
When the next day arrived, I pulled up the website of the phone carrier to find out a little more information about the phone. The price tag of that particular phone read "$99." A phone call to the company revealed that they had just run a 5-day special on that phone. The sale had ended the day before. The phones were no longer available for free.
At first, I felt bad. I was the one who had said that we should wait. I had no idea the deal was such a limited offer. But after a while, I realized that we had done the right thing. We prayed, and God answered. The deal was no longer available, and we weren't willing to spend $99 a piece for a phone. Case closed! Being in God's will is far more important than having new phones.
The more I thought about the missed deal, the more I realized how many people were missing out on an even greater deal. Salvation! How many people are waiting, not realizing that salvation is a limited time offer? How many times do people put it off? They desire to "live a little" before resigning themselves to God's service. How many refuse to acknowledge their need for salvation? In their eyes, they've gotten where they are by their own strength and determination. Unfortunately, their best characteristics fall short of meeting the price for salvation.
I missed a phone deal because I waited one day too late to call. Millions will enter hell for the same reason. They will acknowledge Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but for many, it will be one day too late.
If you are one who has not yet made the decision to give your heart to Christ, I plead with you, don't wait another day. This is a deal you can't afford to miss! Call on Christ. Surrender your life to Him. Spare yourself an eternity of torment.
If you are part of the body of Christ, I implore you to reach out to the lost. Explain to them the cost of waiting too long. Invite them to church. Share the gospel with them. One way or another, please make an attempt to win someone to Christ. Imagine if you could be the one to prevent a soul from calling on Christ one day too late.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16