"Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." ~ Luke 23:43 (NKJV)
How many people have foolishly thought, I'll be like the thief on the cross. I'll leave my life my way, an when I'm at the end of my life, I'll believe? It doesn't work that way. When someone rejects the Father's offer of mercy, nothing requires the Father to repeat the offer. Although God performed His work of grace in one thief's heart, He did not perform it in the other thief's heart. Child, realize there is a tragic side to the timing of the thief's spiritual birth. He missed the very purpose of his life. Instead of glorifying the Father and bearing fruit, he defiedthe Father. He wasted his life pursuing things of no eternal worth. Even worse, he never came to know the Father and Me intimately on earth. He never experienced Our love until his final moments. Unlike this man, you were born of the Spirit before your final day. You have been given the time, the grace, and the faith to know the Father and Me intimately. You have tiem to fulfill your calling and store up treasures in heaven.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruth destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal." ~ Matthew 6:19-20 (NASB)
from "Jesus Speaks" by Steven K. Scott