It was just a recreational drive down a Prince Edward Island road. There it was – a stately house with a view of the rolling hills and red-soil potato fields. But how did it ever come to be in such a sad condition? The house has a story to tell. Never in their wildest dreams did the builder and original owner ever imagine their grand design, beautifully situated, would become so desperately dilapidated. But yet – there it was in its sorry state.
As the photo was captured, the nagging thought was: is it too late? Too late for a major intervention to restore it to its original beauty? After consulting with an experienced home-builder, he said he had noticed the same house recently and commented to the person in his vehicle: “It’s beyond repair.”
A second opinion on the future of the house, from P&B Kaulback Building went like this:
“There’s enough decay in this house that it’s not worth fixing up. The roof leaks which allows the water in. This will rot a house from the inside, and over time it will begin to look like this house on the outside. There’s a really good chance (only by looking at the outside) that the foundation is not sound anymore. While anything can be repaired with unlimited dollars, there’s a good chance that it would be cheaper to demolish this one and build new.”
In other words – it’s too late for this house.
Have you ever pondered your own life and wondered if it’s too late for you? Too late for a 180º change? Too late to qualify for God’s grace in your life? Too late to benefit from His love? Too late for redemption and the forgiveness of your sins? Too late for you to find light and peace?
As sad as the owners of the house would be if they knew its current condition, what must the Creator/ Owner think when He looks at our lives? Even if we have nice shutters on our windows and a classic colonial door with a brass handle, what must He think about the mess on our inside? Sin has done such a number on all of us. No matter how hard we try to be very fine citizens, we all must confess, deep within our being, we have a certain darkness that we must keep in check. The Bible repeatedly calls this very thing we struggle with ‘sin’.
The good news is – it is not too late for you. You are still alive.
No matter what is in your past, you qualify today for God’s saving grace. Those who have lived destructive lifestyles – it’s not too late. If you are an outspoken atheist – it’s not too late. If you have turned down multiple opportunities in the past to embrace Christ – it’s not too late. If you have consistently tuned God out of your life and shunned His overtures of love towards you -it’s not too late for you.
Some say it is a hackneyed expression. For others, it is called an over-used trite saying – but here it is again: God really does love you! The fact that you are reading this now – is not something you would naturally do. This is not a coincidence. God is still working behind the scenes trying to win you to Himself. He hasn’t given up on you. It’s not too late yet.
Like a loving parent, tearing down the driveway, chasing after a toddler heading towards a busy road, God is pursuing you. He wants to stop you before you collide with eternity. Then it will be too late. But today? It’s not too late.
Job, one of the Bible ancients, recorded the fact that God speaks once, yes – twice, in a variety of ways, trying to get one’s attention before they meet with disaster. Job 33:14
The Bible tells us that despite our hard hearts, God reaches out to us in kindness and goodness – seeking to lead us to repent of our sins – all of which are ultimately against Him. Romans 2:4
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2Peter 3:9
It’s not too late for you to bow your heart before God right now. With all the honesty and transparency of your being, fully acknowledge your sin and your urgent need of His intervention of mercy, His forgiveness and your eternal salvation.
This is not a matter of you trying to improve yourself before you come to God. He specializes in saving and transforming what otherwise would have been lost lives in this life and lost souls in eternity. Come as you are with your brokenness and sin. He offers forgiveness and unconditional love. It’s not too late for you to be made a new person in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Corinthians 5:17
750 years before Jesus came to earth and died for our sins on the cross, Isaiah wrote these prophetic words about the purposeful death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6 (Holy Bible)
It’s not too late for you to change the plural pronouns in the Bible verse above to singular first-person possessive. Take the truth personally from God’s Holy Word and you will experience God’s wonderful saving grace and power. You will become a new creation in Christ Jesus!
It’s not too late to come.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28