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by Dalton Key
for the week of July 16, 2017
               The real tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that so many of us wait so long to begin living it.  We ponder and plan, we wish and we wait – yet we never seem to get around to the serious business of life and living.  And what a needless waste! to look back upon a lost and wasted life filled with nothing but haunting memories of “going-to’s” and “might-have been’s.” Edward Young was right in describing procrastination as the “thief of time.”

                As Paul “reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled.”  (Acts 24:25.)  The Roman governor was “terrified” (RSV) by the apostle’s bold message of truth, but he put off his obedience, answering lamely “Go your way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for you.”  So far as we know, a convenient season never came for Felix.

                How much nobler is the example of the Philippian jailer, who with his household, “the same hour of the night, was baptized into Christ.”  (Acts 16:33.)  Unlike foolish Felix, the jailer realized the importance of responding promptly to heaven’s call.  He heard the gospel, believed what he heard, and then acted upon what he believed – and all in the same night!  Felix trembled, but the jailer obeyed.

                Friend, the time for doing right, for obeying heaven’s call, is now.  “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Corinthians 6:2.)  If you have been procrastinating your obedience to the gospel of Christ, waiting instead for a season more convenient, stop gambling with your soul!  Do what you know is right, and do it now.

                Perhaps, as a child of God, you have gone back into the world, leaving your first love.  You have considered coming home.  You have thought about beginning again your walk with the Lord.  But up until now you have put off repentance.  You’ll come back to the Father some day, you imagine.  But some day may never come.  Please, for the sake of your soul, don’t procrastinate!  Flesh is fragile, death is certain, and eternity has no end.

                “Look carefully how you walk:  not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  Be not foolish, but understand what is the Lord’s will.  (Ephesians 5:16,17, McCord.)

                Remember this:  a “convenient season” may never come.