The gospel calls us to repent, to believe, to change our lives profoundly in the face of the true light that is Christ. Some respond to this call with an definitive "yes". Some — with an outright "no".
But many do not give any answer at all. They prefer to leave the question of God for later, not denying Him — that seems a bit scary — but not accepting Him either, just to live their lives in peace. But is it really possible?
For a while, yes, you can avoid the question of faith and just live with your daily cares and routines. But time is running out, slowly and imperceptibly. "The days are evil," as the Apostle says. You can see how it happens even in quite mundane affairs: we can postpone getting to college, or getting married or doing a health check-up,— until one day we discover that it's too late, and our time is gone.
The door might close forever, the train might leave, the girl to whom one has not decided to propose, might marry another. This is how it happens in life — some time ago I could have made a decision that would have changed everything, but now it's too late.
Now it is not too late to convert, to believe, to enter the door of salvation — but there will come a time when such an opportunity will remain in the past. As Christ says in the Gospel, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to" (Luke 13:24)
We do not know when it will come, this moment — someone learns his diagnosis in advance, and has some time to prepare for the inevitable, others are snatched out of this life suddenly - like a rich man from the Gospel. But really, we all know the diagnosis in advance — the day will come when we will all face death and trial.
Therefore, we should think about it right now, at this moment. Time is working against us, and we don't know how much time is left.
What is it, that stops us from entering that door? Only one truly ridiculous idea — that by turning to God we will lose something, lose something, make our life boring, or poor, or unhappy... Perhaps this is how life without alcohol seems to a person suffering from alcoholism — but it is clear to a healthy person that a real, full life will begin no sooner than he stops drinking. Sin has distorted our perception so much that we cling to what makes us unhappy and close ourselves off from happiness.
The greatest love in the universe is patiently waiting at our doorstep to give us eternal and blissful life, in heaven, and already here on earth, a life full of joy, dignity and meaning. And we fearfully say "sometime later."
But while we say "later", we say "no" — we refuse to enter the door, take the train, answer the offer. And now, right at this moment, we still have the opportunity to say "yes" — and give God the opportunity to lead us into paradise.
This article was originally published on the program "Private opinion" for radio "Vera": https://radiovera.ru/mozhno-li-otlozhit-vopros-o-boge.html