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April 26, 2013

Verna Davis: Clock is ticking on forming relationship with God

An older couple had a grandfather clock that announced each hour with the ringing of chimes. The couple planned their day by the clock. Eight chimes, breakfast; twelve chimes, lunch; two chimes, nap; and five chimes, dinner. They retired for the night just as the clock was chiming nine.

One day something went terribly wrong with the clock. It chimed eight when it should have chimed four. And when four chimes were called for, it chimed nine. At the end of the bewildering day, the old ones went despairingly to their beds.

That night at eleven o’clock, the clock really went haywire and chimed 16 times. The man jumped out of bed, shook his wife, and screamed, “Wake up, old lady. It’s later than it has ever been before!”

That older couple may have been like an 80-year old Pennsylvania woman awhile back. Over turkey sandwiches and cole slaw she explained that “things in our church are sorta haywire” right now. She said that they desperately needed the younger women to do more in the church, but she knew the reason why they were reluctant to do things was because they had been chewed up and spit out by the criticism of the older women when things were not done the way they had always been done.

She also said that the younger women were reluctant to listen to the advice of the older women because the younger ones thought the brains of the older women stopped working as hairs started sprouting on their chins. The wise woman said, “I wish the older ones and the younger ones could learn to get along before it’s too late.”

Today, a 20-something young man told me, “I got angry with God for a long time after my grandmother died. I ran as far away from God as I could. But lately, I’ve realized that I’d better make the move back to God while I still had the chance. I’ve missed God in my life, and I don’t want to wait to get back to Him till it’s too late.”

I cried as the young man told me that come this Sunday morning, he is going to publicly accept Jesus Christ as his Savior and be baptized. Although still young, he knows that it’s later than it’s ever been before, and he wants a relationship with God before it’s too late.

Hebrews 10:27-28 says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

Christ is coming again. Are you ready for that? Will He look at you and say, “Well, done, good and faithful servant?” Have you made the choice to accept Jesus as your personal Savior? Remember, today is later than it has ever been before. Don’t let it be too late.

Verna Davis, author and speaker, writes in Frankton. She can be reached at Vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.

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