“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot
There is, I think, a great misunderstanding among Christians. It’s really more than a misunderstanding, it’s a heresy, but most of us perpetuate this misguided belief out of ignorance, and not out of malice, which I think heresy implies.
This misguided belief is that once a person comes to a knowledge of Christ, they have finished something, and they can just sort of hang around trying to be good until Jesus pulls them up to Heaven and burns up the world.
I am completely saddened by this attitude.
Scripture teaches that we have an open ended existence. Once we are born, we will live eternally, and our work in service to our God will never be finished. From the moment we are reconciled to Christ, throughout eternity, we will serve our Lord. We are to work without ceasing, to set every small part of creation to rights as best we can, until Christ completes the work.
The most beautiful part of this great mission is that we can start today. Our God is a God of second chances. I consider the Eliot quote above, and I think about a fresh start –a new beginning- a chance to draw a line in the sand right now and say, “I pledge myself to serving my Lord, and fulfilling the great Christian mission of setting to rights the things in the word that have been corrupted by evil.”