By: Lou Yeboah
Salvation is no longer available! Picture that being your case. A day too late and a dollar short!
Listen, Jesus gave us a clear picture of what “readiness” looks like in his parable about the wise and foolish virgins: “At that time, the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” The parable concluded with the five foolish maidens unable to attend the feast. [Matthew 25:1-8]. “Going Once, Going Twice, Gone!”
The lesson of the parable is that there are some things that cannot be left to the last minute, and there are some responsibilities that cannot be transferred to someone else. Each of us is responsible to be ready for the coming of Christ, regardless of the day or the hour. There is a “door” that leads to heaven. It is the door of God’s grace. For 2,000 years that door has been open to the entire world, and it is open even today, but as our text reminds us that the door will not be open forever. I want you to understand that there is no “second-chance” beyond death for those who had no time for Jesus in this life. Once you die, the door is shut forever. Either you go through the door while you are alive, or you will never go through at all. What God said to the five foolish virgins who pleaded at the door: “Let us in, sir. Please let us in.” His solemn reply, “I never knew you.” The value of finding Christ too late! [2 Corinthians 6:2; Isaiah 49:8].
They laughed at Noah when he told them to prepare. They thought judgment would never come. Then the rain came down in torrents. As the water rose, they pounded on the sides of the ark and screamed for their lives. But it was too late. They waited too long. The door to the ark was sealed by God. They howled and screamed for fear as they were engulfed by the Flood and went down to a watery grave… [Matthew 24:39].
Don’t wait until its too late! For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. [2 Corinthians 6:2].