The days and weeks go by, and, unknown and unnoticed by the sinner, his heart is being hardened, his conscience is being dulled, his perception of right and wrong is becoming inaccurate and faded. Delay in salvation means a hardened heart.
Oh, then, hear the call of the Holy Spirit and be saved. "To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts."
To sin once, knowingly, is wicked. To continue in this rebellion, this ungodly resistance, this self-will in delaying your salvation, is a deadly sin that will have a blasting and damning effect upon your own heart. The danger of a hardened heart warns you to be saved today!
Every blatant infidel was once a tenderhearted child who may have trembled at the thought of his sin and of judgment. But delay hardened his heart.
Every drunkard was once a pure and innocent child, beloved of parents and promising for the future. The years hardened his sensibilities and made him ignore his duties to family, to self and to God.
Every harlot was once a sweet little girl, precious and gentle and with holy possibilities. But sin unrebuked in the heart and life, sins unrepented, along with the passing days, dulled the pangs of conscience and led to an indifference about holy matters.
Oh, the danger of a hardened heart! Oh, that much-to-be-feared calamity! And, dear sinner, if you reject Christ today, your heart will be harder tomorrow. The danger of a hardened heart impels honest thinking people to be saved today while they can.
IV. The Imminence of Christís Coming Makes It Urgent to Be Saved Today
Matthew 24:44 has a solemn warning from the mouth of the Saviour Himself: "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
Jesus will return to this earth. There will be a resurrection of all the Christian dead. The bodies of the saints in Christ will rise first, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (I Thess. 4:17). Living Christians will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up to be with the Saviour, taken away to the Fatherís house of many mansions. Jesus said, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3).
Those who are unsaved and left alive on the earth when Jesus comes will go into the terrible Tribulation, a time of such trouble and sorrow and war and plagues as this world never saw before nor will ever see again!
To be left here with every Christian taken away; to be left here with every true preacher gone, every real church closed; to be left here where all principles of righteousness and morality are ignored and Satan has his way in the Great Tribulation, will be a horrible state. But that is the punishment of those who are yet unsaved when Jesus comes.
We do not know when the Saviour will come. But many times we are warned in the Scripture to be ready, to watch for the Saviourís return.
In view of the imminent coming of the Saviour one ought to be saved today, this very day, without delay.
V. The Uncertainty of Life and the Certainty of Death Pr ess Upon Sensible People the Wisdom of Being Saved Today!
In James 4:13,14 there is a solemn warning: "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
It is presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows what will happen tomorrow. How do you know you will buy or sell tomorrow? How do you know you will go on vacation next week? How do you know you will get home tonight? "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow."
Human life is like a vapor "that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." Manís life is like the fog in the valley which soon vanishes under the heat of the rising sun.
This lesson is brought home to us in Psalm 103:14Ė16: "For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
"For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."
Your life, which seems to you so well established, so important, is like a blade of grass that may be plucked up in a moment, or may be crushed under a heel, or blown away. How fragile, how uncertain is life itself!
The son of President Coolidge blistered his heel playing tennis. In a short while he died of blood poisoning.
A tiny clot in the blood may stop a capillary in your brain, and you too may die. People have strangled to death on flies or gnats.
The scratch of a nail or one streptococcic germ in the throat may mean your death.
A fall from a stepladder in your own home or a cut on the hand or a ride in an automobile or on a plane may cut your life short.
Every day people die unexpectedly. The old die. The young die. The sick die. The well die. Life is but a vapor. Your hold on life is insecure, so I urge you to be saved while it is today.
Death is a certainty. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). "Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth" (Prov. 27:1).
A man, who may leave this world tomorrow and makes no provision for the future, could not complain if sensible people call him a fool. People who prepare for meals tomorrow or for a bed tonight or for an education next year, but do not prepare for death, which may come at any moment, surely are guilty of wicked and senseless folly.
So, because life is so short and death is so sure, be saved today! "To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts." "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
VI. The Mounting Wrath of God on All Christ-Rejecting Sinners Impels You to Be Saved Today!
God was grieved at the wicked generation of Jews in the wilderness who would not hear the voice of God. "So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest" (Heb. 3:11). And this wrath of God is on everyone who delays salvation. Consider several Scriptures which teach this terrifying and solemn truth.
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