Sunday, February 01, 2015

The Chance to Choose

"Are not my days few... before I go whence I shall not return?" (Job 10:20,21).  "Turn you at My reproof... They shall not find Me: for that they... did not choose the fear of the LORD" (Proverbs 1:23-29).  "One of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him... But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God?... And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:39-43). 

Our days to seek the Lord are few
Before we leave and won't return. 
Our chance to choose Him is in view,
As He is bidding us to turn.   

The Savior came to seek the lost
And save their souls from condemnation. 
He gave Himself to pay the cost
To justify them with salvation. 

How strange it is that some yet choose
To turn away God's gift of grace! 
They hear His counsel, but refuse
To find in Him a Hiding Place. 

Our Savior on the cross could hear
The hateful mocking as He died.
Yet even then one chose to fear:
A malefactor at His side.

"Remember me," he said to Christ,
In his sincere and humble prayer. 
It was enough; his prayer sufficed! 
Our Lord assured then and there. 

Lord, thank You for the choice You give
To call upon Your precious name
And know because You live, we live;
It was for this cause that You came. 

The chance to choose You as our Savior
Was earned by You upon the cross. 
O Lord, we thank You for this favor
That saves us from eternal loss! 

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