Is it too late for me?


Sometimes we realise that we’ve spent our lives on the wrong things. We’ve been chasing the wind. Wasting opportunities. Living for what won’t ultimately satisfy.

Recently, this hit my friend. So he asked a good question.

Is it too late for me?

A Thief

If it was ever too late for someone, it would be the thief on the cross. He had an hour or so to make something of his life.

But he was pinned to a cross. If he asked my friend’s question, we’d have to answer, ‘Yes – it’s too late for you.’

But Jesus didn’t.

An Hour

The thief said,

‘We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Luke 23:41-42.

He acknowledged his guilt before God. He knew that Jesus is an innocent King. And he turned to him.

Jesus answered him, 

‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’ Luke 23:43.

This man used his final hour to enter God’s eternal kingdom.

An Eternity

For some, like the thief, it might be too late to do anything different. But while we tend to judge our lives by what we do, our eternity is judged by what’s been done for us.

Jesus paid the thief’s debts, so he’d have Jesus’ eternal riches. He’s paid ours too.

We don’t know how long we have left. But even if it’s one hour, it’s not too late. God’s giving us time - not time to produce an impressive life. But time to come to Jesus (2 Peter 3:9).

Ask Jesus to remember you. Graciously he promises, ‘you will be saved’ (Romans 10:9).

If there’s air in your lungs, it’s not too late.