It's Later Than You Think (Pack of 100)
Text of the tract
A man rushed into a railway station one morning. Gasping for breath, he cried: “When does the 8:01 train leave?”
“At 8:01,” responded the ticket clerk.
“Well,” the man replied, “it’s 7:59 by my watch, 7:57 by the town clock, and 8:04 by the station clock. Which am I to go by?”
“You can go by any clock you wish,” said the clerk, “but you can’t go by the 8:01 train, because it has already left.”
God’s time marches forward minute by minute, hour by hour. Yet, millions of people seem to think they can live by any schedule they choose and in their own time turn to God.
Our lives speed by. TIME rushes on. We cannot be sure we have another year, another day or even another hour to live before we must pass from time into ETERNITY. It may be later than we think. The great question for each of us is: ETERNITY – WHERE?
God’s time to prepare for eternity is right now. Behold, now is the day of salvation.1 Tomorrow may be too late.
You may not have a peaceful death. Scripture warns that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” Are you ready to meet this One into whose hands all judgment has been committed? He may come tonight. Do you belong to Him?
It may be at morn when the day is awaking,
When sunlight through darkness and Shadow is breaking,
That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory
To receive from the world His own.
If you have not yet settled the question of your eternal destiny, do not put it off. Receive the Lord Jesus as your Saviour NOW. Then you will be among “His own” at His coming, and be “caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.” But if you do not accept His offer of salvation, then you will be left behind when He comes. Your eternity will be spent in the lake of fire.
Accept Him today. Even now it may be “later than you think!”
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.2
A man once raised his hand to ask for prayer in one of Mr. Moody’s meetings. The evangelist went to him and said, “I am glad you have decided to be a Christian.”
“No,” said the man, “I have not, but you pray for me, and I will later on.”
Moody took his address. When the man got sick, he visited him. Again he urged him to accept Christ.
“No,” said the man; “I won’t decide now. People will only say I was frightened into deciding to take Him while I’m sick.”
He recovered, but later he suffered a severe relapse. Mr. Moody visited him again and put his need of Christ before him.
“It is too late,” he said.
“But,” Mr. Moody replied, “there is mercy at the eleventh hour.”
“Mr. Moody,” he answered, “this is not the eleventh hour; it is the twelfth.” A few hours later he was dead.
Mr. Moody later said, “We are afraid we wrapped him in a Christless shroud, put him in a Christless coffin and buried him in a Christless grave; if so, he went to a Christless eternity.”
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.3
Bible References: 12 Corinthians 6:2; 2John 3:36; 3Proverbs 29:1.
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