Is It too Late?

We have been blessed with gifts to be used to glorify God, so we must ask ourselves a question. Are you so comfortable that you are waiting for the perfect time to be available for Jesus to use you? Is it too late?

I once treated a wonderful 63-year-old Christian man and his wife who were excited about his retirement in six months. He had his retirement all planned and ready to serve the Lord. Their children were raised, his mortgage was paid off, and now he was prepared to serve the Lord.

He came to the ER to look into the chronic abdominal pain he had been experiencing for months because he still had insurance coverage from the company and thought this was the best time to check into it. After his history and physical exam, it was apparent he needed further evaluation with lab and imaging studies. The news was not good. The workup showed that he had pancreatic cancer that had spread throughout his entire abdomen. The news was overwhelming to them and they began to cry.

He looked at me with tear-filled eyes and said, “I waited too long didn’t I, doc?”

His perspective was insightful because he also added that he was foolish to wait until now to serve the Lord. Luke 12:20-21: “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

I knew his faith was strong by the way he responded to the news, not only thinking about his physical condition but immediately about his spiritual desire and need to share the gospel.

I told him that I did not know how much time he would have, but to use that time so that all who meet him through his treatment would realize he is a follower of Christ. It is never too late. Whatever time he has left on this earth, glorify God and be a witness by his words and actions. Let him be set apart by the peace and comfort that comes from knowing he will be with Christ in Heaven when He takes him home. Do not fear, Christ is with him.

Psalm 23:4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

Is it too late?
Why is sharing the gospel so difficult for us?
Why are you hesitant to share with someone in your family, at work, in your community or overseas?
What are you telling yourself?
They may not like what I say or I don’t know what to say.
I am too old or I am too young.
I am too busy; I don’t have the time.
I don’t have the money or I am too embarrassed to pray in front of people.
Ephesians 6:19: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

There is a convicting quote by Johann Wolfgang that came to mind when I thought of this patient:
Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you
could have done,
should have done,
and would have done,
but did not do.

If you are looking for a way to be involved to share the gospel, join us at Teach To Transform. If you are unable to go, support our work in the most persecuted areas of the world. Let us join together as the body of Christ to proclaim Jesus to the nations with short-term teams teaching Christians and their disciples medical, vocational & spiritual skills for sharing Christ’s love with their neighbors.

Romans 10:14: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Pray for us.

For His Glory,
Tom

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