[God’s “whoever” policy] also features a “whenever” clause. Whenever you hear God’s voice, he welcomes your response. While cleaning my car, I found a restaurant gift certificate…[for] fifty dollars worth of food. I’d received it for my birthday over a year ago and had misplaced it. My enthusiasm was short-lived when I saw the expiration date…. I had waited too long.
But you haven’t. [In the story of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16),] Jesus wove a parable of eleventh-hour grace…. Those last men were surely surprised…. No landlord issues a final-hour invitation, does he? God does. No one pays a day’s wage to one-hour workers, does he? God does….
Deathbed converts and lifelong saints enter heaven by the same gate.