The words “too late” are among the most sad words in human language. You see an ad for a job opening; you hurry down to make application. The personnel manager says, “If you had gotten here a little sooner, I could have hired you, but I just hired someone. You’re just too late.” Or, you have a very important appointment; you arrive at the airport as the plane is taking off—too late! These are sad experiences, but even worse than this is the case of someone who begins to feel a little “under the weather” and goes to the doctor. After an examination, the doctor says, “If only you had come to me sooner; now it is too late.” These are spine-chilling words. In many secular areas “too late” can be very sad, a job or even a life might be involved. However, in the spiritual realm, a soul is involved, which is much more important! Some things must be done on time or they can never be done. Serving God is one of these things. A great many people have planned to obey the gospel some day, but kept putting it off. Multitudes of church members have planned to become more faithful when the convenient time arrived; but somehow, that convenient season never seems to come. Death usually comes before the convenient time.
God, as a merciful father, grants unto us added opportunities to serve Him. He pleads, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28). He says to the Christian, “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhort one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Heb.10:25)
He tells us of the wonders of heaven, and describes the horrors of hell. He warns us that we must work “while it is yet day for the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4). He tells us, in effect, that there are no second chances after death. Then why do so many gamble with their souls? I am not sure that I know the answer to that question. Perhaps the allurements of worldly living are so strong that the Lord is forgotten. It might be that the pleasures of the moment are more rewarding than the promise of heaven and that the threats of punishment are pushed out of the mind—until one comes to die. Then the pleasures of life seem so empty; the horrors of hell grip one’s soul, and the thoughts turn to God. Sometimes this is too late! On the Day of Judgment all those who wanted deathbed salvation will be reminded that they had a full life time to serve God, but failed to do so. Serve God now so that you won’t have to worry about being too late!!