2013-05-14 - Still on the Field
Richard and I have been avid Atlanta Braves fans for as long as we have lived in Georgia. We've been with them through "thick and thin," from the days where only 2000 attended games, to today's standing-room-only games. Recently the Braves were about to lose a game. It was the 9th inning, and two Braves had struck out. But one was left, and I said to Richard, "as long as they are still on the field, it's not over."
That's how it is in our spiritual lives, as well. As long as someone is still in this world, it's never too late to accept Christ. Sometimes it's heartbreaking for people who don't know if their loved ones ever accepted Him as Savior. But we need to remember that while there are no guarantees, until someone's dying breath, God can speak to that person and they can speak back in their minds and spirits, without us hearing a sound.
It's never too late to turn our lives around and live more fully for Christ. No matter what sins we have committed, as long as we are "still on the field," we can start over. As Lamentations 3 encourages us, "His compassions are new every day."
It's never too late to get involved in a ministry. For example, there are many missions opportunities for second career missionaries, who have retired from other professions. It's never too late, as long as you are still on the field. And most churches would be thrilled to have the volunteer services of retirees with so much wisdom and life experience. And anyone who does so, is in good company; Moses was a "Senior Citizen" when God sent him to talk to Pharaoh on behalf of the Jewish people.
It's never too late to do anything for God, as long as we are still on His field - and until we leave this Earth, we will remain on His field.