I had a conversation with an older woman and I asked if she believed in God. She replied with a yes. I proceeded and asked if she’d accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord. She said no. I asked if there was something that was keeping her from accepting Jesus, and to my surprise she stated, “I’m just not ready.” I was amazed to hear that. I then asked, “Why aren’t you ready?” She stated, “I have to clean myself up.” I explained to her that that wasn’t her job. The Holy Spirit is the One who does the cleaning and that she has to trust Jesus and believe that He came so that she could be cleanse from all unrighteousness. She ended the conversation with an “I don’t know.”
Have you ever met someone who said that he/she isn’t ready to live a holy and righteous lifestyle? Maybe that person thought that he/she had to be cleaned up before accepting Christ. I wonder how many misconceptions are hindering people from receiving Jesus into their hearts. This was the second time I’d heard someone say the reason they hadn’t accepted Jesus was because they weren’t ready. My question is, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36, NKJV) This world has so much to offer, yet what it offers is vanity. Jesus came so that we could live an abundant life but I’ve seen that many are so drawn by worldly things that they don’t even want to receive what Jesus has to offer. In Mark 8:35 Jesus said “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” “Jesus wants us to choose to follow Him rather than to lead a life of sin and self-satisfaction. He wants us to stop trying to control our own destiny and to let Him direct us” (Life Application Study Bible, p. 1638).
One thing I love about God is that He is patient with us. Second Peter 3:9 gives us the assurance that “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” He desires for us to come to the end of ourselves and turn from the lifestyle that He despises. He wants us to enjoy a relationship with Him, following the path that He has destined for our lives, while becoming all that He predestined us to be. But somehow we may think we have all the time in the world and that tomorrow is always promised. That is all wrong.
Jesus knew the importance of doing the will of God. He told His disciples “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). We have time now, while we still have breath in our body. We can pursue the heart of God and be a light to so many. We just have to know that we don’t have to wait until we clean ourselves up—which is totally impossible. If we had the ability to clean ourselves up there wouldn’t be a need for salvation. These things can only be accomplished and received through the blood of Jesus. No human hands are fit to cleanse us of our filth. Only the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How would you respond to someone who has a similar mindset? Would you let that person know that tomorrow isn’t promised? Would you share your convictions with that person? These are things to consider. Maybe you know someone who might think this way. I’ve listed some Scriptures below that you can share.
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44, NKJV).
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13, NKJV).
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12, NKJV).