I love it when those coupons come in the mail for a “Free Burger” or “Half off a Pizza.” I always cut them out and put them on my fridge or in my car. The problem is that they usually stay right there. I never get around to actually using them before the expiration date and, by then, it’s too late. I’ve lost my free burger.
The same is true with salvation. The fact is that God created us to be with Him. He wants to be with us and is delaying His coming so that opportunity isn’t gone (2 Peter 3:8-9). God Himself came down in the form of a man, Jesus Christ, and died on the cross and rose again so that you can be restored to a place where you can be with God (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). But, like the coupon, there is an expiration date on this free gift. It has to be used before you die. After that date, it can no longer be cashed in.