I spoke to my father yesterday about eleventh hour salvation. I told him that those who come to the Lord at the end of their lives receive the same salvation as someone who came to the Lord as a child. He said to me “that’s hard to believe.” I told him it may be hard to believe because God’s goodness and grace is beyond our human comprehension. God is good, and he is a restorer.
I was saved in 1988, at the age of 38. Besides the regret of having lived a good portion of my life apart from the Lord, another regret I have is not having done more for my mother while she was alive. (She went to be with the Lord in March of this year, 2007.) Though our relationship was redeemed, I do still have some regrets. So many times, even now, I think of ways of blessing her, but this is no longer possible. My consolation? Life isn’t over for the believer in Jesus Christ. When we die, our new life, our eternal life, will begin. When I think of my regrets I remember that the redeemed will have eternity to fellowship with the Lord, and with one another. It will be a time of restoration of all things. And lest anyone think that it’s too late in their life to hope, remember the thief on the cross. Though all seemed lost, it was not, and there was hope even in his desperate situation when he repented and said “Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
What more could we ask for?
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Luke 23:39-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Matthew 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.