Frame #1: MUCH TOO YOUNG?
The individual is in his preteen years playing ball with a friend. He thinks he's too young to think about God, but he's wrong. Ecclesiastes 12:1 reads - "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them.'" Don't let your young age prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability!
Frame #2: MUCH TOO SMART?
He's now in high school or college hitting the books and writing papers. He thinks he's too smart to believe in God, but he's wrong. Psalm 14:1 declares - "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good." Don't let your understanding of the things of this world prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability! No matter what your IQ, you're not too smart to need God and His forgiveness.
Frame #3: MUCH TOO HAPPY?
As a young adult, he sits on a park bench with his girlfriend or perhaps his wife. He feels so happy and that he has no real need for God, but he's wrong. Proverbs 29:18 teaches where true happiness can be found- "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law." Don't let worldly happiness prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability! Don't let the passing pleasures of sin draw you away from the lasting joy found in Christ!
Frame #4: MUCH TOO BUSY?
As his 20s and 30s roll by, he is now depicted as hard at work outside. His schedule is so tight that he doesn't think he has time for God, but he's wrong. Jesus spoke in Luke 14:18 - "But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.'" Don't let a fast-paced world prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability! Although there are certain stages of life that may be busier than others, don't allow your schedule to squeeze God out of your life.
Frame #5: MUCH TOO TIRED?
At midlife, the man is tired. He is shown resting on his couch in front of the television--presumably after a long day of work. He doesn't think he has the energy to serve God, but he's wrong. Our Lord gave a great invitation to those who are weary in Matthew 11:28-30 - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Don't let physical or emotional fatigue prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability!
Frame #6: MUCH TOO SMUG?
The man is here shown at a party with an alcoholic beverage in hand, seemingly having a wonderful time. He feels arrogant in that he has no need for God, but he's wrong. Those who are self-satisfied (or smug) are living for themselves alone. But a life of selfishness does not lead to eternal life (cf. Col. 3:5-7)! Don't let satisfaction with self prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability!
Frame #7: MUCH TOO WORRIED?
As the man approaches retirement age, his stress levels increase. Things are not going as he wished, so he worries constantly. He would rather worry than seek God, but this is the wrong approach. In Matthew 6:25 we learn from Jesus - "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" Don't let worry prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability! Turn your cares over to the Lord as you seek first His kingdom and righteousness!
Frame #8: MUCH TOO OLD?
As an old man, he sits up in his hospital bed. His doctor speaks to him and he struggles with life. He believes he is too old to serve God now, but he's wrong. Jesus taught Nicodemus in John 3:3 - "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus replied in the next verse - "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered in John 3:5 - "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." Don't let your advanced age prevent you from serving God to the best of your ability! One is never too old to be born again.
Frame #9: MUCH TOO LATE?
The last frame of the cartoon shows a cemetery plot. The man has died and has been buried. No doubt his spirit now yearns to obey the gospel, but it is too late. Hebrews 9:27 clearly states - "It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." Whether we like it or not, physical death will prevent each of us from continuing to serve God to the best of our ability in this realm. Thus, since tomorrow is never promised to any of us, we must be ready to potentially meet the Lord in judgment today! Are you ready, friends? Or will you wait until it is much too late to try to get right with God?