2002-10-29 - Procrastination
1 Corinthians 6:1,2 "And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain, for He says, 'At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you'; behold, now is 'the acceptable time,' behold now is 'the day of salvation.'"
There is a well known phrase that has been attributed to a Dr. Young that goes, "Be wise today -- 'tis madness to defer." In light of that phrase I would like to present the following story of a young man who related this account, about the dangers of delay in following Christ, over 150 years ago. He and a companion lived in New York but decided to go on a journey seeking to learn of Christ and seeking salvation in Christ. They ended up in Massachusetts. He relates the following story.
"My friends, about one year ago I set out, in company with a young man of my acquaintance, to seek the salvation of my soul. For several weeks we went on together; we labored together, and often renewed our covenant, never to give over seeking till we obtained the religion of Jesus. But all at once the young man neglected attending meeting, appeared to turn his back on all the means of grace, and grew so shy of me that I could scarcely get an opportunity to speak with him. His strange conduct gave me much painful anxiety of mind; but still I felt resolved to obtain the salvation of my own soul, or perish, making the publican's plea.
After a few days, a friend informed me that my young companion had received an invitation to attend a ball, and was determined to go. I went immediately to him, and, with tears in my eyes, endeavored to persuade him to change his purpose, and to go with me that evening to a prayer meeting. I pleaded with him, but in vain. He told me, when we parted, that I must not give him up as lost; for, after he had attended the ball, he intended to make a business of seeking religion.
The appointed evening came, and he went to the ball, and I went to the prayer meeting. Soon after the meeting opened, it pleased God, in answer to prayer, to turn my spiritual captivity, and make my soul rejoice in his justifying love. Soon after the ball opened, my young friend was standing at the head of the ball room, with the hand of a young lady in his hand, preparing to lead down the dance; and while the musician was tuning his violin, without one moment's warning, the young man reeled back, and fell dead on the floor.
I was immediately sent for, to assist in devising some means to convey his remains to his father's house. You will be better able to judge what were the emotions of my heart when I tell you, that that young man was my own brother!"
Soli Deo Gloria,