And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.
The Wyndham Championship will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina this week. Those Tour card holders who are a little above or a little below the top 125 coming into the week acknowledge this week as “now or never.” The regular season will end and the playoffs will begin next week. Some will be making plans for New Jersey while others will be forced to seek an alternative avenue to retain a job on Tour next season.
It’s a difficult venture to play less than mediocre all season long and then attempt to make up ground on the last day of the regular season. I’m sure the finality of this week has yet to set in with some.
Sinners who have lived a full life in terms of years have lived a worthless life. Many have the hope to wait until they grow to an older age and then submit to Christ. Some have the desire to make the decision for Christ when on or near the death bed. No where in the Bible does a scripture prohibit the validity of a “death bed confession.” However, it does not guarantee the opportunity of one either. As stated in focal scripture, God isn’t always going to merciful in his strivings with the body of man or the soul of man.
In John 14:5- 6, Thomas inquired how were the disciples going to know the way when they didn’t even know where he was going. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Each time a sinner feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit, it is a blessing. This conviction is the knock of the Savior at the sinner’s heart. He does not burst into lives uninvited. Thus, we cannot become saved on our own terms or timing. There must be a drawing of the Holy Spirit, then an acceptance by the sinner which involves an acknowledgment of Him as Savior and a turning away of sin by faith. Let’s use the crude example of a person getting caught “red handed” robbing a bank. At his trial when on the witness stand, he confesses to the crime after the prosecution shows the bank video and forensic evidence of his fingerprints. Did he confess because of his spiritual guilt of wanting to do the right thing or solely as an attempt for mercy from court? The same is true for “death bed” confessions. One must consider if Christ drew the person to acceptance of salvation or the imminent peril of the person’s physical life? It is a risky proposition to give the Holy Spirit “rain checks” and ask Him to return at a better more convenient hour. We are neither promised the life in that better hour nor the opportunity to accept Him as our Savior. The odds are many of us did not accept salvation immediately after the first time we were convicted of the Holy Spirit. He was merciful and offered His hand again which ultimately lead to our salvation. Man feels entitled to get things “his way” on his own terms and whenever he desires. Salvation, however, is not given on the terms of man. Don’t wait until the “Wyndham of life” to make any spiritual decision. Whether it be salvation or another spiritual matter, make the decision for Christ today!