The Bible encourages us to “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). This chance can be lost. When Jesus comes back, the opportunity will be over (Matthew 25:1-13). When a person dies, that person’s opportunity closes as well. A delay is thus unwise.
I remember the day when I had to make a choice. On one hand was the Bible and on the other was the Qur’an. I studied them both and was reminded of Muhammad who said, “I do not know what will happen to me or to you” (Sura 46:9). I thought of Jesus, the living word of God, claiming, “I know where I come from and I know where I am going.” (John 8:14) The Scriptures quotations kept coming to mind, “Believe in me and you will have eternal life.” (John 5:24; John 6:40)
You see, many came and showed the way but Jesus is different. He lives forever and is the conqueror over evil and death. He wants to be in our lives and walk with us each step of the way. All this convinced me to follow him.
No other prophet has promised he would come back to take us with him to eternity. Jesus is different. He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3). He gives an open invitation saying, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in …” (Revelation 3:20).
The Bible states, “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Yes, belief and public confession through words and action are together. Yes, it is costly to become a believer in Jesus. However, it is indeed much more costly not to become a believer in Jesus and accept what he offers. The fact of the matter is if we lose him, we lose eternity.