Pastor Josh talked about a fellow who was in the hospital, thought he had a heart attack and was dying. His family called the pastor and said he wanted to see the preacher. When Josh arrived, the man was getting dressed and ready to leave. It was a false alarm. Josh stood in the doorway and said, “Look we’re both salesmen. You sell to get people to buy, and I sell to get people to take what is being offered, abundant life. Why is it no one takes up my offer?” The man said, “I don’t know” put on his coat and left.
Several years later the same man was sick. Pastor Josh knew he was sick, and the Lord put it on his heart to go see him. He figured he would go to church first and finish recording for his radio program and then go. It wasn’t very long until the phone rang. The man had died.
There’s a verse that says “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2) Our beloved pastor said, “Take the opportunity you have. Don’t get busy doing other things. You can put God off doing good things but you’re still putting God off.”
It is easy to put things off. Josh recently returned to work. He drives to and from Seymour. The other day his fuel light flashed and he punched the button to see how low he was. The gauge said he had 100 miles left. That was enough to get him there and back. He had a couple cans of gas he could add the next morning. There just wasn’t time to stop and get gas that day.
The next morning, he completely forgot about it, got in the truck and left. A little ways down the road the light came back on. Now it was 50 miles. He’d stop in Mansfield and get gas. Pulled up to the 4-way stop there and forgot again. By the time he go to work, it dinged ‘E’ (empty). “Life is like that.” he said.
“Don’t pass up the ‘grace station’. On the cross, one was saved and one wasn’t. Remember that. Don’t have regrets in life. Mine are when I put off having something to do for God.” said our pastor.
The Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:7-10 listened to Jesus tell about living water. She asked for the water in verse 15 and in verse 25 she realized he was the Messiah. She left, went into the city and spread the good news. Because of her many were saved. Let her example be your example.