Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
It is God’s desire that after a battle with sin, the sinner finds his way back into His presence. The prophet Ezekiel presents to us what qualifies to be a tale of two cities – living righteously then turning to sin at the end or living sinfully and turning to righteousness at the end. The results of either decision may appear somewhat ‘unfair’ to the other but what makes this decision even more interesting is the uncertainty of when the ‘end’ would be.
If this were known, many would hold God to his word by doing all that they wish to do regardless of the classification it falls under: sin or not, good or evil. These people will hold out till the very last minute and then decide to switch their allegiance to God knowing very well that He is a man of His word and will welcome them with open arms.
Hence Jesus’ comparison of the end with an unexpected visit from a thief in the night is the ideal image as this will catch many unawares. It will come as a big surprise to those who are drawing up plans for their own lives thinking that they are captains of their own soul and thinking:I will turn to God when it is most convenient for me.
Beloved, seek the Lord while He is near. While you are still young and vibrant, position yourself in the Lord. Your life with him is not a journey you can go halfway and then drop off because the ultimate merit is at the end of the journey.
Remember # make your decision to stay in the Lord now – not later.