"Final Notice?" by Rev. Weldon Bares


For nearly a year, I have been reading a good devotional booklet each morning that’s called, “Jesus Calling.” It comes in the mail every other month. But in the last few months I forgot to send my check and renew the subscription, in spite of reminders.

I received a letter from the publisher last week. The outside of the envelope said ominously, “Jesus Calling, Final Notice.” I thought to myself, “Wow, I sure hope not.”

On the cross, Jesus reached out to a dying thief who was being crucified beside him, and he promised a place in paradise with him. Even in those final moments, it was not too late. The door was still open.

The last book of the Bible has this invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)

Fanny Crosby wrote these wonderful lyrics in 1883: “Jesus is tenderly calling you home, calling today, calling today. Why from the sunshine of love will you roam, farther and farther away?”

The Apostle Paul declared that nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8: 38-39) God never stops loving us.

Jesus calling, final notice? I don’t think so. He never gives up on us. Ever.