But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips? For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. If you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and you keep company with adulterers. “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” (Psalm 50:16-23 ESV)
Having the opportunity to turn yourself around is always set before you. God gives everyone a chance to repent, which means putting away your sinful habits and replacing them with godly ones. The thief on the cross is an example of how the Lord’s grace is given to a repentant heart even after living an entire life of wickedness. This is not to say that anyone can procrastinate until their very last breath. That would be a wasted life, and there is a risk that a man’s heart will remain unchanged and defiant.
Only God can know the true state of a person’s heart and whether he or she is genuinely seeking forgiveness by surrendering to him. The Lord is gracious and merciful, but we should never test his patience by delighting in sin. Otherwise, our final moments might be met with a shocking reply from Jesus:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
So what holds you back from pursuing righteousness and making peace with God? Come as you are and he will forgive and restore you. He will show how having faith in him today will save you from future consequences could be avoided. And the Lord will direct you towards a greater purpose that he mapped out just for you, and you will soon learn what it means to have a fruitful and satisfying life with Jesus.