No Time to Be Lost!
James Smith, 1856
Is your soul in danger? Are you without Christ? Have you no solid Scriptural ground to believe that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
There is no time to be lost!
Sin is hardening you.
The world is strengthening its hold of you.
The Holy Spirit is being grieved by you.
Time is flying from you.
Eternity is rushing upon you!
If, therefore, you would be saved in the Lord — if you would become united to Christ — if you would receive the Holy Spirit — there is no time to be lost! Can you be safe too soon? Can you be happy too soon? You will never be out of danger — until you are in Christ. You will never be fit for Heaven — until the Holy Spirit dwell in you. Life is uncertain. Salvation is momentous. God says, "Today!" therefore there is no time to be lost!
Have you been convinced of sin?
Have you felt the need of Christ?
Have you sought the Lord and found peace?
Do you conceal the state of your mind?
You ought to decide for Christ; to put on a profession of Christ; and to unite yourself to his people. Say not, "There is no hurry," for there is no time to be lost. You were decided for Satan. You openly avowed your preference of the world. You delayed and hesitated long — and now your mind is made up to be on be Lord's side. You ought to confess it, and confess it at once, for there is no time to be lost. We cannot profess faith too soon, if we really possess it. We cannot unite with the Lord's people too soon, if we really love them. We cannot obey Christ too soon, if we are trusting in his obedience and blood for everlasting life.
Undecided soul, decide at once, for there is no time to be lost!
Secret disciple, own Christ as your Lord and Master at once, for there is no time to be lost!
Are you thinking of engaging in God's work? If so, do it at once, for there is no time to be lost! Can you help in the Sunday school? Enter it at once. Can you distribute tracts? Commence at once. Can you bring any to hear the Gospel? Use your influence, try at once. Can you write to some friend at a distance? Do it at once — there is no time to be lost! You may be laid up with illness; you may become lame; or you may be rendered incapable of writing; or the children may die untaught — the tract may be taken too late — sinners may be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin — or the friend you could write to may be suddenly called away. There is no time to be lost! The Holy Spirit says, "Whatever your hand finds to do — do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, where you are going!" Jesus says, "What you do — do quickly!" There is no time to be lost!