Last week a nationwide sandwich chain restaurant had a four-hour promotional special, offering all their sub sandwiches for a measly $1.00. Wanting to cash in on that deal, I drove to my neighborhood franchise and was shocked to see that the line to get in the store was wrapped completely around the building. The parking lot was so filled with cars, patrons were parking in the empty, dirt lot adjacent to the restaurant. I opted to drive right on by thinking I didn’t need a sandwich that bad.
Folks love a good deal – especially those, if it’s free – it’s for me promos. People go to great lengths to get what they want with regards to material possessions. They will camp out overnight for Black Friday shopping deals; they will wait in the heat for a couple of hours for an amusement park ride; or they will stand in the rain or snow to purchase concert tickets or see a first-run blockbuster movie. On the day of the sandwich promotion — it was in the mid-90s, yet people waited to get their $1.00 foot-long sandwich for quite some time.
I personally don’t get it.
As I was driving away from the sandwich shop, I started thinking about the effort people put in just to save a few dollars or to get something for nothing. People willingly sacrifice their precious time and comfort in order to be entertained but when it comes to things that really matter, those people don’t have the same time or energy.
It’s a lot harder to find people who are committed to a relationship with Christ or who will attend regular church services. And people wonder why our country is lacking in moral character these days; it’s because so many people can’t be bothered to give God the time of day unless they have a personal crisis in their lives?
Saying ‘yes’ to Jesus is considerably easier than camping out at the electronics store on Black Friday; yet so many people postpone a relationship with God – thinking they’ll have time for that “whole religion thing” before they die. That logic is terribly flawed given the fact that few of us have the luxury of knowing exactly when our time is up.
O LORD, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4 (NIV)
We are never guaranteed a tomorrow. Accepting Christ as your Savior isn’t about being religious or even joining a church. Jesus Christ is about the relationship between you and the Lord of Lords. Plus, when you say ‘yes’ to Jesus, you’re guaranteed to spend eternity in Paradise with the Creator of the universe rather than burning in the lake of fire for all eternity.
Any way you spin it – an eternity in Heaven is way better than burning in Hell forever and ever and ever. A relationship with Christ is far better than a big screen TV and way more exciting than the most state-of-the-art amusement park attraction. In the long run, saying ‘yes’ to Christ costs far less and the return on your investment is immediate and guaranteed.
If you haven’t already accepted Christ as your Savior – don’t delay. You never know when your number will be up. Simply confess you are a sinner in need of a Savior and turn your will over to Jesus. Say YES today; there are no long lines and you will secure your spot in Heaven today. Salvation is a free deal and will give you way more than you ever expected. If it’s free — it’s for me … and YOU … no long lines, no reservation required!
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14 (NLT)
Blessings in Christ and as always … happy reading!