Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44
Growing up in Michigan, I learned to cope with he snow. After the fist snow in the Winter it was typical that it would stay white until it began to thaw in the spring. We learned to drive in the snow and ice because during winter that was the norm. If you didn’t drive in the snow you would have to stay home for months out of the year. You had no choice but to deal with it.
The part I still struggle with, now that I live in North Carolina, is how different it is when we get a little snow. Now, don’t get me wrong. I can’t fault anybody here for being overly cautious. After all, most people here have only seen snow once maybe twice per year. They don’t have to drive in snow 4 months or more out of the year. However, I never remember what it’s like to get snow here. The snow always comes the day before we run out of milk and bread. Now I’m running around like a dodo bird in Ice Age looking for the last melon.
We can become content knowing that we can go to the store anytime and get milk. So we get down to a quarter of a gallon and then run out to restock. But then, a snowstorm hits and we’re stuck eating stale pop-tarts that we found in the back of the pantry. The same is true when it comes to our Christian life.
God wants us to share the gospel with others. He longs for the lost to be returned to Him. “Go and make disciples” He says. And yet sometimes we are content in our lives. We hesitate to share the Gospel because we are waiting for what we see as the “perfect” moment. We tell ourselves, “I’ll talk to them tomorrow” or the next time we see them. But at some point it will be too late.
Predicting when Jesus will return is impossible. He will come at a time and hour we don’t expect. Then it will be too late to talk to your friend, family member or neighbor about the Gospel. You’ll be stuck eating the stale pop tarts of your spiritual decisions.
So, don’t wait until it’s too late to talk to those who need to hear the Gospel. Be a light everywhere you go and be willing to share God’s good news to anyone who will listen. Don’t wait until you’re ready, do it now. 1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”