“It's too late”. These words can produce a sense of panic, guilt and consternation in us. We realise that an opportunity has gone by. That it may never come again.
Recently I was asked if I had submitted my contribution to 'Dear Church'. I had forgotten, and it
was now too late! I had to apologise and try to do better next time. I would have another opportunity.
What if there is no next time? Some things need our immediate attention, and should not be shelved to a later, more convenient time.
2Corinthians 6 verse 2 says “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation”. These words spoke strongly to my heart many years ago, when I heard God's invitation to accept Christ as my saviour, and invited Him into my life.
Jesus told the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Five of them were ready when the bridegroom came, and went in with him to the marriage feast. Five of them were not ready and the door was shut. “Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour...” Jesus concluded. (Matthew 25 verse13)
Let us not find ourselves under condemnation, though, for missed opportunities. Remember that the penitent thief, in his dying moments on the cross, was able to find mercy and grace to help him in his time of need. Even at the last moment the door was still open. “And he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom'. And he said to him, 'Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise'.” (Luke 23 verses 42-3)
Peter tells us in his second epistle that the Lord “is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”. Today is a day of grace.