Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2
I Procrastinated and Almost Ran Out of Time
I very nearly missed him.
It wasn’t as if I hadn’t been meaning to go visit him. I truly had. But I kept putting it off.
My mother would ask me on regular occasions, “Have you gone to see Don?”
I kept saying I would. I told herthat I would go, “soon.”
But I kept putting it off.
It almost was too late. I almost ran out of time.
Friends For a Long Time
I first met Don when I was in high school. He worked in the office as the business manager.
For the life of me, I don’t know how we actually met. Business managers of high schools don’t usually associate with students, as far as I know.
But Don, my best friend Mike, and I became friends. We have a couple of lunches off campus now and then during my senior year.
After I graduated, I came back to visit once or twice and always stopped in to say hello to Don.
Don knew my mom as well. But practically everyone in town knew my mom. My mom was the local travel agent and if you traveled by plane or train or took a cruise, you saw my mom!
She would, of course, keep everyone up to date on my doings and happenings – graduating from college, going to seminary, getting married, being ordained, having kids, and all the rest.
My mom kept Don up to date on all my doings. So, when I moved back to Illinois from California and became the associate pastor at St. Matthew, Don knew about it.
Within a couple of weeks of my installation, my mom first asked me, “Have you seen Don yet?”
Then I met John and Audrey. They were neighbors of Don and good friends. They overheard my mom asking me about Don and mentioned that they knew him as well.
John would regularly ask me if I would go and see Don and say, “hi.”
It took me a long while before I did finally go and see Don.
But it was almost too late.
He Was Waiting to See Me
Don had been diagnosed with cancer. He had been put on hospice care.
As a result his son called me and asked me to visit him. He told me that Don had been asking about me and wanted me to come see him.
It turns out Don doesn’t have much longer on this mortal soil.
So I didn’t make him wait any longer. I went to go see him. He’s sick now. Bed-ridden. But the Don I knew so long ago I could still see in his eyes.
“Hello, my old friend.”
I would have had a hard time forgiving myself if I hadn’t seen Don before he died. I plan on seeing again him the day after tomorrow.
He’s worried, you see. The cancer has him scared. He’s in physical pain. But he’s also a little afraid of dying, I think.
I very nearly was too late to assure him of his baptismal grace. He has faith in Christ as his Savior. He told me he was baptized when I asked him. I assured him that there’s nothing to fear.
I will assure him again.
Now Is the Time to Tell Someone About Jesus
I’ve come to realize more clearly than ever before that this is what Christians do. We make sure we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others before it is too late.
While there is still breath in us, now is the time to share and reassure that Christ died to forgive all our sins. That Christ rose to assure us that, in faith, we will rise from the grave also.
For a long time, I told myself that I’m busy, I’m trying to get this or that done.
But no more. My time is to be used to tell others about Christ. To reassure the sick and dying that Christ loves them and reaches out to them.
And so I encourage you that now is the favorable time, now is the day of salvation!
Therefore, don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone. Send an email. Text them. Go over to their house. Say hello.
And tell them about Jesus.
Now is the time.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the time to tell someone else about Jesus. Please give me your Holy Spirit so that I do not procrastinate anymore. Empower me to use the time I have wisely and to reassure others that you love them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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