It seems to me that the Christian faith is based upon a sense of urgency. We are not promised tomorrow, we are requested to choose life now. The day of salvation is here. It seems like a constant message of the Bible is: do it today.
I find myself making lists of spiritual tasks and ideas that I should get to one day. I ought to go on a spiritual retreat, read through the Gospel of John in one sitting, pray about a Reformation in American Christianity and write more blogs. The funny thing about this is that the list can get rather lengthy and by the time I feel energetic I look over the list and forget what that idea was all about. My period of lucidity was stale and the trail lies cold. No wonder God wants us to decide quickly, we easily forget what we have been told!
There is a scene in C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce (the plot of the story can be found here) where a man was confronted by an angel to remove a hideous growth (a red lizard) on his shoulder. The man kept making excuses to not remove the lizard, even though he knew that the lizard was hindering him. The angel repeatedly asked the man if he could kill the lizard. The man kept making excuse after excuse while the angel constantly brought a sense of urgency to the conversation. Finally the man gave permission to remove the lizard where both the man and hindrance was painfully transformed into things of beauty.
I think this captures the sense of urgency that Jesus constantly presented. We have to make a choice now, choose life and complete surrender at the feet of the Lord of all. Do it now, for tomorrow rarely brings a better situation.