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“Do it Now”

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             How many times have we sat back and just talked about doing something instead of just doing it?

Dr. J. B. Gambrel tells an amusing story from General Stonewall Jackson’s famous valley campaign. Jackson’s army found itself on one side of a river when it needed to be on the other side. After telling his engineers to plan and build a bridge so the army could cross, he called his wagon master in to tell him that it was urgent the wagon train cross the river as soon as possible. The wagon master started gathering all the logs, rocks, and fence rails he could find and built a bridge.

Long before day light General Jackson was told by his wagon master all the wagons and artillery had crossed the river. General Jackson asked where are the engineers and what are they doing? The wagon master’s only reply was that they were in their tent drawing up plans for a bridge.   (Pulpit Helps, May, 1991).

Many times, we are like those engineers, making plans and talking about doing something yet never really getting the job done.

This is what people often do with their soul.  Just talk about doing something: I will go to church one day, I make things right with God before I die, or several other excuses.

You know on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 when those three thousand heard they needed to repent and be baptized they immediately did it.  The same with the Eunuch in Acts 8, Cornelius in Acts 10, Lydia and the Philippian Jailor in Acts 16.  They all immediately were baptized once they heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you believe in Christ is the Son of the living God and that He arose from the grave on the third day (Rom. 10:9,10) then why would you wait to be baptized?  Why keep talking about it?  Why keep thinking about it? Why keep waiting?

2 Cor. 6:2, states, “For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Today is the only day we may have to repent and be baptized; tomorrow may be to late.  What is so important that you delay in becoming a Christian?

Ananias ask Saul later called Paul in Acts 22:16, “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’” And Saul was baptized immediately.

So, what are you waiting for? Rise and be baptized.  Written by Mark T. Tonkery

 

 

 

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