I was listening to music at work today, and the song “No Hurry” by Zac Brown Band came on. The gist of the song is that while the car needs cleaning, the grass needs cutting, and the bills need paying, the subject of the story is in no hurry to take care of these things. He would rather take the day off from his responsibilities and spend the day doing the things he loves like fishing and enjoying nature. I think we can all relate to this mindset. Sometimes it’s just best to take the day off.
However, one part of the song says, “[I’m] gonna get right with the Lord, or there’ll be hell to pay, but I ain’t in no hurry today.” Waiting to take care of one’s salvation is an idea I don’t agree with, and hopefully you don’t either.
James 4:14 (NKJV) says “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. Or what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” We live frail lives. We could die, or Christ could return any moment, but we live each day as if we’ll live forever. Just like the guy in the song, we settle in the chair with our fishing pole and put our spiritual lives on hold until tomorrow. What if tomorrow never comes?
II Corinthians 6:2 says “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” We argue with our neighbors, we complain about our circumstances, and we even fight our own families. We spend our lives pursuing physical possessions. We race through each day, failing to even acknowledge God and thank Him for the very breath in our lungs. All the while, Christ stands waiting for us to come to Him in repentance. Some of us care nothing about God, and we don’t believe in His inspired word. On the other hand, some of us believe in God, but we refuse to obey His word or follow His commands properly. No matter the stance you take, the truth is, Christ will one day return to take vengeance on those who do not obey Him (II Thessalonians 1:8) and to call the faithful Christians home (I Thes. 4:16-18). You’re not promised tomorrow, so obeying the gospel should be priority number one.
One of these days will be your last. It may come suddenly, or it may even be expected. Either way, you will not live on this earth forever. The great news is that God loves you (John 3:16), and you will live forever spiritually (I John 5:13) if you obey His word (Matthew 7:13-14) and serve Him for life (Revelation 2:10).
You may not be in a hurry to do the chores or pay the bills, but you should be in a hurry to work out your own salvation (Philippians 2:12).
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