With only a few days before Christmas, it’s time to reflect on the Lord and his awesome gift to mankind, salvation.
It seems that every year we get caught up in the waves that rush us through to the end of December, without even stopping long enough to realize how blessed we truly are. I dare say that more people are concerned about their last minute Christmas shopping than they are about their eternal salvation. It’s easy to postpone thinking about eternal matters until after all other tasks have been completed. Maybe it’s time to realize that we are running out of time.
Gift givers come in two varieties: those who begin shopping the day after Christmas, for the next year’s Christmas, and those who procrastinate until Christmas Eve to shop for the current year.
There are advantages for both types. If you plan ahead, by watching for the best deals throughout the year, you can get great deals, and still save money; and if you wait too late, Christmas Eve, you risk not being able to find the gifts you want, so while you will save money, there will be precious little fruit to show from your efforts.
It is all about planning. Applying this to the spiritual, I ask the question:
Will you be ready? No matter how many plans you make, or how busy you become, there will be a point where you will have to decide if you are ready, or not. It will be necessary to lay the tools down, and wait for the results.
The second part of the question is, “or, Left Waiting for the Right Time?” Procrastination can lead to disastrous results: the gifts are tossed throughout the store, maybe a bit worn as they were picked over during the rush hours; or broken from the fall. The markdowns that enticed you into the store to begin with, don’t help you make a purchase when the condition of the item is poor from neglect. We often live a haphazard Christian life; choosing to follow Christ when it’s convenient.