There is no time like now to reconsider eternity. If we wait until later in life, thinking that we can become sincere about a faith about which we are insincere now, we have another thing coming. Today is the day to turn from our own ways toward the mercy of God…
5 Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
Jesus was speaking to the crowds about the urgency of repentance. He said, “unless you repent, you too will all perish.” The people needed to turn back from their sin and toward God or their eternity was on the line.
Then Jesus told a parable in which the manager of the vineyard begs for one more year to turn around a fig tree to bear fruit. If it didn’t, it would be cut down. We’ve been put on notice. This is our chance. Today is the day of turning to God. Today.
We don’t like today. We prefer a time of our own making, don’t we? We prefer the idea that we can turn to God on our death beds to save ourselves from perishing. The truth is, however, that we cannot save ourselves at all. Today or on our death beds, we are at the mercy of God who saves us by grace through faith in his son, Jesus.
If we wait until later in life, thinking that we can become sincere about a faith we are insincere about now, we have another thing coming.
The next story recounted by Luke is the story of healing the demonized woman on the Sabbath. The local synagogue leader corrected Jesus for healing her on the Sabbath. Healing was considered to be work, which was forbidden on the Sabbath. Jesus answered by calling him a hypocrite.
Today is the day. If we untie our oxen and lead them to the water on the Sabbath, why not free a woman who is a child of God on the Sabbath? Today is the day. There is an urgency to free her, because she has been oppressed and possessed for 18 years…
There is no time like now to reconsider eternity. There is no time like today to consider being free from the oppression of sin in your life. Today is the day to turn back from sin and to turn toward the mercy of God. Is God speaking to you about your relationship with him?