Waiting Too Long

Source : http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=9215...

Tina pulled a brightly colored paper from her desk drawer. What's this? she wondered, looking at it. Oh-h-h! It's my coupon for a free candy bar. I forgot all about it!

She had cut the coupon out of a magazine some weeks before. Eager now to get the candy, she got Mom's permission and hurried to the store. Finding one of her favorite candy bars, Tina picked it up and handed the coupon to the sales clerk, who smiled and looked at the paper Tina had given her. "Oh, I'm sorry, but this isn't good any more," said the clerk. "It's expired--it's past the date printed on it." She showed Tina the expiration date.

"Oh, no!" exclaimed Tina. She sighed. "I never thought to look at that!"

Sadly, she put the candy back.

On the way home, Tina stopped at her grandmother's house and told her about the expired coupon. "It's too bad you didn't cash it in on time," Grandma sympathized, "but how does a glass of lemonade sound instead?"

"Sounds good," agreed Tina. She was quite sure a cookie would accompany the lemonade.

"What happened to you reminds me of something I read about a young man," said Grandma as she filled a glass and handed it to Tina. "The article was called 'Now Is the Time.'"

"Did he have a coupon for a free candy bar, too?" asked Tina with a grin.

"No." Grandma shook her head. "That young man had often heard God's offer of eternal life to all who trust in Jesus," she explained, "but he always put off making a commitment. First, he said he was too young to worry about it. When he got older, he was too busy to think about it. Then he died in an accident. As far as anyone knew, he never did receive Christ as his Savior." Grandma set a plate of cookies on the table.

"That's sad," said Tina, taking a cookie.

"It certainly is," Grandma agreed solemnly. "Your expired coupon reminds me that we never know when God's offer of salvation will expire."

Tina nodded. "I'm glad I already cashed in on that by trusting in Jesus," she said. "I'm glad I have the eternal life He promises."

Grandma smiled. "I am, too," she said.

How About You?
Have you cashed in on God's offer of salvation? Or have you been putting it off, figuring you'll have plenty of time to think about it later? Felix, who you read about in Acts, decided to wait for a "more convenient" time to trust Jesus. As far as we know, that time never came. God is offering you eternal life now. Accept His gift before the opportunity expires--before it's too late. Receive Jesus today. See the ABCs of Salvation at the right.

Today's Key Verse:
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Today's Key Thought:
Accept Jesus now