2002-12-02 - Common Errors
Luke 12:40 You too, be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.
1st error: It will be time enough for me to think about religion at some future time.
This is a common mistake not only with salvation, but also with addressing sin in our lives. In respect to salvation, we have the example of Felix, who in Acts 24, is discussing religious matters with Paul and becomes frightened. He says in Acts 24:25, "Go away for the present, and when I find time, I will summon you." There is no report in the Bible that he ever talked with Paul again, and he was succeeded by Porcius Festus two years later. He put off dealing with his soul, and there is no account that he ever thought about it again.
God has been gracious in his Word, to give us examples of the need of the hour. To delay in seeking the welfare of our souls is a tragic mistake that many make. The above error listed, however, is too general in its wording. It is not religion that we need to think about. To take that view, we could all meditate on a flower or a toilet, and find "religion." The real issue is Jesus Christ and what we do with the salvation offered through His atonement for sin. It is not whatever religious experience meets our personal, quirky needs. So the issue that this error should address is Christ and not religion.
None of us can presume upon another day in this life. We must all remember the story of the rich man in Luke 12:16-21. Part of that passage reads, "And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come. Take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night, your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'" It is presumptuous to think that our days are not numbered, or about to expire. Even if you are young, the Lord warns you. "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth..." Ecclesiastes 12:1.
Lastly, I would admonish you that to wait, in any way, on seeking the Lord only hardens our hearts towards seeking Him. To wait in putting away sin, or in seeking the grace of the Lord, is to only increase our guilt and too put off what we know we need. So we must seek to make these matters urgent in our lives. Proverbs 29:1 is a chilling verse. "A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy."
The amazing thing about us is that if we have been guilty of delay, or postponement of our needs in seeking Christ, we can start now. Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, John 14:6, and the forgiveness and grace that He offers is always available. Delay in the past does not mean that we cannot avail ourselves of this grace at any moment. If you have been a Christian for 50 seconds or 50 years, or have never sought Christ, I hope you will seek His grace even now. He is ever ready to forgive and guide.
Soli Deo Gloria,