Welcome again to this week's word for the week. If you had one chance to get everything in your life straight what would you do? It's easy to say you would do the right thing but give this some serious thought. Also, if you know me then you know there's way more to it. So let me ask that question one more time. If you had one chance to get everything in your life straight what would you do?
Let's get straight to the heart of the matter. Many people will answer they will take advantage of that one chance. I want to challenge you that the last time God gave you a chance could've been your last chance. The time before that one could've been and so could the countless other times. The reality is if you would've taken advantage of the chance given to you the last time your life would be far different. That is a strong dose of reality but it's the truth that shall set us free.
We pass up the many chances God gives us because we always think there's another chance. There will always be another time as some say. It's not that serious is what others say. Those preachers are always trying to scare you is what another group says. It's easy to think that we have more time left even though we don't know how much time is actually left. It's easy to say God will surely give you another chance until there is no more chance. Let's go further here.
There were two other people crucified along with Jesus. According to the law of that day they both deserved to be there and die for their sins. Both of them have the same set of opportunities. They can either get things right God or they can remain stubborn. One chose to get things right. One chose to remain stubborn. One said Lord remember me. One remained stubborn even while facing certain death. One was forgiven and told he would be in Paradise with Christ. The other died and went to hell. Which one would you rather be?
We read that story and we say the one who remained stubborn was foolish. Yet, there are so many times we are just as guilty and no better. Every single day of our lives is another opportunity for us to get things straight with God. What will your day be spent doing? What will you change today while you still have time? How much are you willing to risk for your eternity? How sure are you there will be another chance after this? Let me ask you a question. How many more times did Judas get after he betrayed Christ?
As we close this week there are some things that only you can decide for yourself. It's easy to change for the moment. Are you committed to changing for the long haul? It's easy for this word to really reach you while you're reading this. Will it still reach you later next week if you're still living? It's easy to get what's being said today and yes to God. Will you still get it later when it's something you want to do that's out of His will? With one last chance of redemption one of the other two chose to forsake it. He had the same chance as the other and yet he would rather rebel and die than to submit and live. We know their choices. The question is what is yours?
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon