Hebrews 4:7b – Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (NIV)
A person I once knew lived in a very remote area with a driveway that was almost inaccessible in good weather and absolutely impossible to navigate during the winter months.
One year as winter approached, the heating oil tank needed filling. Rather than call for fuel delivery at the time, they put off delivery until the furnace was actually needed. Snow came early that year. The fuel truck could not negotiate their driveway. It was a long, cold winter for them, and they scrambled to keep warm through other more expensive and less convenient means.
In Matthew 25:1-13, we read the story of the ten virgins who awaited the return of their master. Five of them kept extra oil for their lamps, so as always to be prepared for his return. Five of them didn't bother. In the end, the latter five missed his coming and all that it entailed.
In this new year, Jesus will be speaking to each and every one of us. Perhaps, it will be through His Word, through another person, or through an experience. Perhaps, it will be through His Holy Spirit or through creation. The question is: will we hear and heed His voice, or will we procrastinate, thinking we have plenty of time to acknowledge His love, our sin, His forgiveness, or most important of all, the grace of His salvation?
Matthew 25:5,10b – The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. (NIV)
Today the door is still open. The choice to enter belongs to each one of us. Which way will we choose?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is coming again. Thank You that the door to salvation still remains open wide for each and every one who hears His voice and does not procrastinate. May many this day, worldwide, have ears to hear and enter into eternal life in Him. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.