“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5: 10).
As the old saying goes, “The road to destruction is paved with good intentions.” Judgment will not be according to what “he has intended to do,” but according to what “he has DONE.” God does not reward a man on his good intentions.
When you know that it is right to do a thing, God says, “Now is the accepted time” (2 Cor. 6:2). But the enthusiasm and noble purpose may have oozed away if you delay very long in doing that which your own judgment, wisdom and nobility urge you to do.
We read of people in the New Testament who asked, “What shall we do?” “What must I do to be saved?” Invariably they were immediately told what they were to do. One case in point is that found in Acts 16: 25-33. Paul and Silas were miraculously released from the Philippian prison, causing the keeper of the prison to cry out: “Sirs ‘ what must I do to be saved?” Since the keeper of the prison was an unbeliever, Paul told him the first thing that be must do in order to be saved: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
But the apostle did not stop at this point. The Bible says: “And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.” This keeper of the prison did not wait until his good intentions were gone and thus lose his soul, but was “baptized, he and all his, immediately” Thus, there was no delay, no procrastination.
It was by inspiration that Solomon wrote: “He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap” (Eccl. 11:4). Why should you wait about doing what you know is right to do?
On the day of Pentecost they cried, “What shall we do?” Peter’s forthright reply was, “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:37, 38). Verse 41 says, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” Again, we have a case where people had good intentions, but acted on what they knew was right for them to do, and did so without delay!
The requirements for salvation from sin are too simple and too easily understood, to not garner an immediate response. Don’t you know what is right for you to do, right now? Then don’t you intend to do something about your soul’s condition? Today is the acceptable time, today is the day of salvation!