This Could Be The Last Time


My dad was a 'good man', helpful, a church board member, one who told the truth as he saw it to others.  He went to his church and didn't want to hear anything about my 'religion' after I received Jesus into my heart in 1976.

Then in 1977 he found that he had lung cancer.  He received chemotherapy for about a year until one day when the doctors told him that he had become resistant to all their chemotherapy drugs, and they could not prolong his life any longer.

That evening I went to visit my dad in the hospital.  When I entered his room the first thing he said was, "I want you to tell me how to become a born again Christian."  I suppose that when he was finally really facing death he realized that being a good church board member was not going to carry much weight before God.

I was shocked, but told him that it was basically two prayers:  1) "God have mercy on me, the sinner", and 2) Lord Jesus, come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord."  He said, "I have already been baptized - doesn't that count?"  I told him that Jesus said,

Mar 16:16  "He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned."

My point is that if a person does not trust Jesus for his salvation, it does not matter what kind of rituals he or she has experienced.

Dad did not say, "Let's pray" so I knew that the Holy Spirit would just have to cook him come more with the truth.

About two weeks later the local back doctor who had tended my dad's back for 40 years called me at my office.  He said that my dad was in his office and had something he wanted me to hear.  So handed the phone to my dad (who was so weak from the chemotherapy that he could barely talk).  But dad told me that Dr. Jones had just told him something that he had never heard before:

2 Cor 6:2  (For He says, "In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation, I helped you;" Behold, now is the accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.)


2 Cor 6:2  (For He says, "In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation, I helped you;" Behold, now is the accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Dr. Jones told him that today is the day of salvation.  It is never tomorrow because no one is guaranteed tomorrow, especially if one has run out of chemotherapy!

So I could hear my dad cover the phone receiver, ask Dr. Jones what those two prayers are again, and then he said to me on the phone, "Here goes."  And very rotely he said, "God have mercy on me, the .  Lord Jesus, come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord."  Then hd took a deep breath and exclaimed ,"Well praise the Lord!"

I knew from my own experience that a ton of sins had just lifted off of my dad.  The same thing happened to me when I first prayed those prayers!

That was the last conversation I was able to have with my dad.  He was so weak that he could no longer talk to me.  But the next day I chatted with my mom.  She told me, "I don't understand all of the born-again Christian stuff.  All I know is that your dad slept like a baby for the first time in about six months, and he said that he wasn't afraid to die any more."

So, dear reader, today is your day of salvation too.  Never tomorrow, for no one is guaranteed tomorrow.  Whatever you do, make sure that you do not die in your sins!  Get right with God now that you have the chance!  This could be the last time.  You don't know.  And you have no idea how wonderful it is to receive Jesus, receive forgiveness that He purchased for all of us on the Cross, and to be reconciled to our heavenly Father when we surrender to His plans and purposes for our lives!!