Monday’s Column: Neal At The Cross
70 or 80 years we live,
That rule for many holds true
But a guarantee that nobody can give
Is when Christ comes or living is through.
But I saw a man near the end of that span
Heart softened by the truth
Fully obey the gospel plan
Though gone were the days of his youth.
He’d heard God’s Word preached repeatedly
From many able men
Discussed his need, heard many a plea
To arise and wash away his sin.
Loved ones, family and friends
Prayed often for his decision
Wanting his soul purified and cleansed
To see life with heavenly vision.
The persistent concern of a godly man
Who revisited his soul’s condition
Watered much sowing over that man’s lifespan
Resulting in godly contrition
I heard him confess his faith in Christ
And watched him go under the water
His heart surrendered, his will sacrificed
Christ’s blood was his soul’s sin blotter.
I tell you his story to move your heart
To the power of sharing with persistence
It’s never too late to do your part
To overcome a delayer’s resistance.
Jesus taught a moral tale
Of a landowner seeking for workers
Who paid a fair wage for a job done well
To the finishers, no pay for the shirkers
The householder sought workers all day
Found some morning and noon, yet some late
Despite different hours, they all got the same pay
Which made the more seasoned workers irate
But the master was generous, it was his call to make
The offer was freely taken by all,
The moral is simple, there’s an offer to take
There’s an answer to make to God’s call.
Some respond in the sunrise of living
Others come in the heat of the day
But however late one’s commitment is given
To those faithful at death He gives eternal pay.
This isn’t to encourage delaying
Tomorrow is not guaranteed
But in Scripture it goes without saying
No one’s too old for God’s grace to intercede!
3 thoughts on “The 11th-Hour Man”
Brother Neal you are an excellent writer and preacher. Thank you for all you do!
Thank you, Rachel! God bless.