Early one morning fire broke out in a house on a dark street. A policeman on duty sounded the alarm. Before the fire engines could get to the scene, however, flames were leaping high into the air. Suddenly a young man appeared at an upper window in his pyjamas. Firemen quickly placed a ladder against the burning building. But to the consternation of all, the man refused to come down, shouting back that he had to get dressed first. The firemen pleaded, “Come as you are!” but to no avail. From below they tried to ascend the stairs, but were turned back as the wind fanned the flames into fury. When a rescuer tried to enter through a window, the heat and smoke forced him away. Suddenly the stairs gave way and the roof fell in. The man had waited too long and was buried beneath the ruins.
How much GREATER tragedy awaits ALL who refuse to “flee from the wrath to come.” (Luke 3:7) “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, Oh generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
Our sins have placed US in a far more perilous situation – with JESUS as our ONLY “fire escape.”
But many reject God’s provision of salvation and safety in Christ because they want to get “dressed up” in the clothes of self-righteousness or religion (Matthew 7:21) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Others procrastinate thinking, “I have plenty of time to decide” (Acts 24:25) “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
Some delay their response because of concern about what others might think (cp. John 12:42) Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: Many simply do not understand the reality and danger of their predicament (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; Others reject rescue attempts because they are clinging to material things which will soon be consumed (Matthew 6:19-21). Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Still others refuse to listen and trust the very ones who are warning even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Their delay could cost them their SOULS!
God will not allow the world to continue along on its present course indefinitely! “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. And He has given assurance of this to ALL by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
The alarm has sounded: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10).
But, Christ has come to the rescue! Delaying your response could have tragic consequences! Don’t delay! Come as you are!
Come as you are, placing your trust in God (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of your sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confessing Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), being baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38), AND committing the rest of your life to following Him (Colossians 2:6).
Please, just come as you are!