Now Is the Only Day of Mercy
Bear in mind that now is the only day of mercy you will ever have. You can repent now, and have the awful record blotted out. God waits to forgive you; He is seeking to bring you to Himself. But I think the Bible teaches clearly that there is no repentance after this life. There are some who tell you of the possibility of repentance in the grave, but I do not find that in Scriptures. I have looked my Bible over very carefully, and I cannot find that a man will have another opportunity of being saved.
Why should he ask for any more time? You have time enough to repent now. You can turn from your sins this moment if you will. God says: “I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezekiel 18:32).
Christ said, He “came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Are you a sinner? Then the call to repent is addressed to you. Take your place in the dust at the Saviour’s feet, and acknowledge your guilt. Say, like the publican of old, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” and see how quickly He will pardon and bless you. He will even justify you and reckon you as righteous, by virtue of the righteousness of Him who bore your sins in His own body on the Cross.
There are some perhaps who think themselves righteous; and that, therefore, there is no need for them to repent and believe the Gospel. They are like the Pharisee in the parable, who thanked God that he was not as other men – “extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican”; and who went on to say: “I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all I possess.” What is the judgment about such self-righteous persons? “I tell you, this man [the poor, contrite, repenting publican] went down to his house justified rather than the other” (Luke 18:11-14). “There is none righteous, no, not one.” “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23). Let no one say he does not need to repent. Let each one take his true place – that of a sinner; then God will lift him up to the place of forgiveness and justification. “Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
Wherever God sees true repentance in the heart He meets that soul.
The Way to God, D. L. Moody