Many today find themselves content to wait. Now, no one today is good at waiting on their food, in lines at stores, or even one second after a red light turns green. In these situations, people demand prompt service or reaction. Anything less and tempers begin to flare, nasty words are spoken, horns begin to blast, and on and on one could go. But, in the area of religion and relative to the Son of God, millions are content to wait.
Jesus Christ is the most incredible figure ever realized in human history. No individual has ever accomplished so much good, or garnered as much fame as this young Jewish man from Nazareth (Acts 10:38; John 21:25; Mark 1:28; Matthew 4:24; Luke 4:37). Earthly kings feared Him (Matthew 2:16), earnest outsiders sought Him (Matthew 2:1), and His own people were troubled at the news of His coming (Matthew 2:3). It is interesting when one considers the different ways in which Jesus was received since the time He was born.
But here it is considered the most important figure who is offering the world a service that only He can accomplish, and many keep Him waiting.
“Why keep Jesus waiting, waiting in the cold. He will bear you gently, gently to His fold. See Him soul and open, open I implore?” These heartbreaking lyrics are describing the problem relative to many and their attitude toward Jesus. Jesus came into the world to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus came for the express purpose of “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10; John 1:29).
Jesus is the only hope of the world to make it from this life to life eternal (Hebrews 6:18-20). God has placed within the human heart the idea of eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11), so why this response toward Jesus? People take seriously their appointments and set dates for certain things and do their best to keep those! So why such a different response to eternity?
Solomon said, “The living know that they shall die” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). The Hebrews writer said, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgement” (Hebrews 9:27). And all the while Jesus says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20a). For anyone to take advantage of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, they must obey Him. They must open the door, for He is knocking! “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20b). Jesus is the “author of eternal salvation to all that obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).
Many are making Jesus wait for the “right time”. Felix, in Acts 24, listened to Paul speak about faith in Christ Jesus, and Paul “reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgement to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:25). Many are counting on tomorrow. The devil has enjoyed much success with people putting the Savior off for a “more convenient day.”
Many are waiting until they feel like they can more perfectly live the Christian life. They do not understand that Christ makes the difference. They don’t understand that, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). This author is sure that the ones holding to the position that they may be more perfect and better equipped to live the Christian life sometime later, are unaware of the continual cleansing from the blood of Jesus that those who belong to Jesus enjoy (1 John 1:7). You can be perfect in Gods sight right now!
Many are waiting until they can “sow their wild oats”. They recognize that Jesus is God and the Bible is Gods word, yet they also recognize their youth and want to “live it up” for a while. To that individual, Solomon says, “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, wen thou shall say, I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
There are many other reasons that men keep Jesus waiting, but to that end, Paul said, “Behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2b). There is nothing more important or urgent than you getting to Jesus. You need to get into Jesus (Galatians 3:227). Paul would say that salvation is “in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:10). All of Gods promises are “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Are you making Jesus wait? WHY? Why put off what you know you need to do? Why put off doing the best thing you know you could ever do? Why not make a decision in the affirmative toward one so lovely, Jesus the Christ? Won’t you believe in Him (John 8:24)? Won’t you repent and turn to Him (Luke 13:3)? Won’t you confess Him before men (Romans 10:10)? Won’t you be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38)? Won’t you walk in the light (1 John 1:7) and be victorious over this cruel world (1 John 5:4)?
If you need help in this area, please reach out below. Don’t make Jesus wait another day! It may be a day you don’t have to give. God Bless You.