Now I know why Dhoni did not take the 2011 World Cup Final Between India and Sri Lanka in the Wankhade Stadium to the very last over! May be, he knew half of India may have died of heart-attacks in the unbearable tension! So, he finished it off in over number 49 itself by hitting the most famous six in the World with Ravi Shastri in the commentary box saying, “Dhoni finishes off in style! A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup! After 28 years! The Party has started in the dressing room! And its an Indian captain who has absolutely played magnificently!” But in matches of lesser consequence (read India V Australia in Australia Bilateral series 2019), Dhoni seems to deliberately take the game to the last over! Post the Melbourne ODI which just ended (on 18 Jan 2019), he has given us Indian fans two wins in the last over in two straight ODIs! This reminds me of something – the God who waits till the “last over” of our life, to see if you and I will repent, turn our lives over to Christ who died for us on the Cross! That’s is what I make of the Bible verse I read in 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (NASB). This is not to say will live till their old age and have chance after chance to accept Christ for their salvation. Not at all. We know that is not true. This is to say that God will only allow your life to be taken only after he has given you enough chances to repent! That’s what 2 Peter 3:9 is saying! God can send sudden death into your life while you are still in sin like he did for Ananias and send you straight to hell. But he will still wait. He will still wait for the “last over” like Dhoni! [By the way, knowing the character of God from the Bible we have to say that even Ananias had enough chances to repent]. You will never know if the present chance you have to accept Christ (may be the chance you have now as you are reading this article) is the last chance! You and I will never know if the present chance we have now is the last chance we have to come out of that stubborn sin we are perhaps in, even as a believer (it could be porn-watching or pride, it could be lying or lying with someone not your spouse). Only God knows when that last chance for you to accept Christ will come (or if it has already come)! So, so why not come to him now? The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:2 to come to Jesus now as “now” – not tomorrow, not day after tomorrow – is the day of salvation! Don’t wait till the “50th over” of your life to come to Jesus Christ! Don’t deliberately wait till the “last over of your life” (you never know it if you are already in the last over of your life) to turn from sin, and put your trust in the Unique Christ”! Come now to receive a joy which the World cannot give, money cannot buy and Satan cannot take away!

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission – the G4 Mission – a ministry to presentday people. Find out more at

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Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout [if you are the reading plain text type], [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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