To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:59-62
While I did not know him then, I have heard first hand stories about his past. He was known as one of the toughest cops on the Memphis police force. He was brutal and with his big frame, he was known as “Tank,”
He was feared by many and loved by few, that is, until someone shared the Gospel with him and he accepted Jesus as the Lord of his life. He retired from the police force and became an evangelist, speaking wherever he could about how the Lord had changed his life.
I remember his stories of the old Tank and the new Tank, but in particular, I remember how he told of his procrastination of accepting Jesus long after he heard the Word. He gave a lot of reasons, not the least of which was his belief that he would have to change his lifestyle and he couldn’t see how he could be a gentle cop. Suddenly the message pierced his heart and he gave it all to the Lord.
One thing he was known for was the coins he always carried in his pocket. The were simply inscribed “A ROUND TUIT.” He gave them away to all who would listen to his story about his procrastination.
He told about his delayed response and said too many people procrastinate in giving their heart to the Lord. He said that too many people fail to get around to it until it is too late.
The Bible tells us to not put off or boast of tomorrow, for we know not what another day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1).
God created you to be in relationship with him and to fulfill His purpose. Your life is not about you, your job, your money, your wants, or your family. You’re here as a follower of Jesus to accomplish the mission of Jesus in the world. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
The sooner you make that decision, the sooner He will send you. Don’t wait to get around to it.