I recently led a man to Christ who is 73 years old. As I was leaving his house, he stopped on the way to the door and said, “I am so sorry I went to Church all those years and did not listen.” I opened my Bible to Phil. 3:13 and read, “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are ahead.” As sad as it is for a person to wait, procrastinate to the eleventh hour, at least that person can forget all the past and reach forward to the new things of the Christian life. I have been a Christian now for over 35 years. The first person I led to Christ was a teenager named “Terry”. The second was a man 95 years old named “Mr. Adams.” Terry had his whole life before him and Mr. Adams obviously had used up most of his opportunity to serve Christ here. Thank God that he became a Christian at the “Eleventh Hour.”
In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus gives the parable of the labourers in the vineyard and shows that those who enter at the eleventh hour receive the same as those who enter at morning, the 6th hour and the 9th hour.
It is regrettable that some people wait, and that some never receive Christ because they “Neglect so great Salvation”, Hebrews 2:3
The Thief on the cross is another example. If ever he was at the “Eleventh Hour” it was here. In Matthew 24:44 Both the thieves are unrepentant, but in Luke 23:39-43 we see that one becomes convinced and convicted that Jesus is the Saviour and asked in v.42, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Christ answers in v43, “To day, shalt thou be with me in paradise.” He never got baptized, never joined the Church, never taught Sunday School, and never gave a cent in offering, and yet Christ promised “Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.“ Just remember this, AS LONG AS THERE IS BREATH, THERE IS HOPE. It is not good to put it off, but worse is to miss the eleventh hour call of God. My own dad, a drunkard all my life, was saved at the age of 71 and I preached his funeral when he was 73. I recently led another man in his seventies to Christ. WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE! It is one thing to waste your life, quite another to waste your eternity! Christ is calling TODAY!