God speaks to everyone, but that doesn’t mean that everyone listens. If you think about that statement, you realize how true that really is. For example, I have four boys. I could tell them all to do the same exact thing, but that doesn’t mean they’re all going to listen. I might get four different results from the same exact instructions! I could say, “Go straight to your room and clean it now” and I might have one boy go straight to the room and clean it, another boy get distracted on the way and start playing with something else, one who might blatantly disregard the instructions and another who may try to argue about having to do it. Isn’t that much like the human heart? The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” And that’s why we need a Savior.
You know, you hear of people who have untimely deaths or die young and sometimes you may wonder what kind of an opportunity they had to hear the Gospel. Because I know that God is just, I know that every man has been given the light of nature in order to know who God is and what is right and wrong (Rom. 1:18-20). However, because all men are in Adam and subsequently under judgment because of Adam’s rebellion (Rom. 5), they choose not to honor God as God (Rom 1:21-23), but suppress the truth given to them in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18). This is why men must be placed into the second Adam, Jesus the Christ, by a supernatural work of God through the preaching of the Gospel (Rom 10:13-15).
Think of the average American citizen, let’s say that even if they did not have someone physically come up to them one-on-one to give them the Gospel message (Law, Judgment, Mercy, and Faith and the preaching of how Christ fulfilled the Scriptures on behalf of sinners), how many times do you think they passed by churches in their lives? Thousands? Tens of thousands? Or how many opportunities did they have to open up a Bible and read it? How many dusty Bibles do you think are sitting on shelves in homes across America? How many Bibles are readily available in hotel rooms for people to read? And yet, some people, when they die, will probably stand in front of the Lord and say, “Nobody ever told me, Lord!”
First and foremost, the Lord told you in His Word. Did you take the time to read it? Secondly, speaking of churches, how many churches are there in America? Tons! Did you ever take the time to stop by one? Not that I blame you if you didn’t because most churches in America that profess the name of Christ are nothing but misrepresentations of Him, but the point still remains. You had the opportunity to hear something of the truth. Did you ever take advantage of that opportunity?
How many times did your conscience convict you of wrongdoing here on this earth and how many times did you ignore it? How many times did you feel bad for what you were doing, but everybody else was doing it you thought, so you justified yourself and went right along with the crowd. How many Easter or Christmas services did you attend showing the death and resurrection of Christ or the birth of our Savior, and did you even think twice about the Gospel message? How many prayers did your Dad and Mom pray for you? Or how many times did that cross on the wall convict you and you didn’t take heed to those convictions?
We can never say, especially in America, that we did not have the opportunity to hear the truth. We can never stand before the Lord with any excuses for that. Have the lusts of this world blinded your eyes as the Bible talks about in I John 2:16? Are you living for the moment and thinking about your 80 years in this life, rather than your eternity in Heaven or Hell? What in this world is worth the eternal damnation of your soul (Mark 8:36)? Are all the pleasures, and delights in this world, worth your soul? Absolutely not!
The Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Which one are you? Are you a part of the few or the many? For some of you, reading this this article may be the last wake up call you will ever receive. We are not promised tomorrow. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you died tomorrow, would you be ready to meet your Maker? When you stand in front of the Great White Throne or Judgment Seat, do you feel assured that salvation has been wrought in your soul and your sins are covered by the merits and blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God? If not, then you have some serious thinking to do and some serious repentance that needs to be wrought in your heart.
God is not willing that any of His elect should perish (2 Peter 3:9). Yet, sinners who continue in their rebellion against God do so simply because they want to. They don’t want to listen and take heed to His Word. God has placed before men the choice of life and death. The Bible says in Joshua 24:15 “…choose you this day whom ye will serve.” Today is your wake up call. Today may be your final warning. Today might be the only sliver of hope you have left in your life to repent of your sins and ask for Christ’s forgiveness. From this time forth, you cannot stand before God and say you were never warned or told the truth! May the God who saves men from their sins grant you the very repentance and faith He commands of you!