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From the Pulpit: Are you waiting till the last minute?

February 17, 2013
By TOM DERBY - Colliers Way Church of Christ , Weirton Daily Times

Not many days ago, we celebrated Valentine's Day. I am sure many of you received some type of gift from a "special someone." The usual gifts range from flowers and candy to very expensive gifts. (For many people, Valentine's Day is a great day to get married.)

The problem some people faced is waiting till the last minute to purchase their Valentine's Day gift. The day before this event I was at a local store to purchase a card for my valentine. While there a young man came past me, looking through cards like a mad man.

I could hear him saying, "No not that one." "Oh come one, where are they?"

He asks me, "Doesn't this store have any Valentine's Day cards? She will hate me if I don't get her a card this year."

I smiled and just simply pointed behind him to the large display of the cards he was searching.

As he looked for the right one, I started thinking, why do we wait till the last minute for things like this? Why not make the effort to pick up our card, candy or whatever in advance?

So, then my mind turned to our spiritual lives. When do we seek the comfort of the Lord? When do we ask for help with difficult areas of our lives? The answer usually is when it is either too late or at the last minute.

We may say that we ask for help as the last resort. This, in my opinion, is a learned trait. We certainly didn't get this from looking to God as an example.

From Genesis 3:15 all the way through the Old Testament, the story line is someone is coming. Look at Isaiah 40:3, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."

John the baptizer was the voice as he was preparing the way for our Lord. To prove that, just read John 1:19-23. In Luke's writings Chapter 1:17, "...make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Jesus himself said "I go to prepare a place for you..." Jn. 14:2

So, here is my point: If through God's word we were prepared for the coming of the Lord through prophecy of the Old Testament, and the New Testament reveals the arrival of Jesus and His plans to prepare a place for us, then shouldn't we be making preparationsalso for the new place?

I urge to read and study your Bibles which will show you the proper steps as you prepare for the day that Christ returns or you are called home.

We sing a song called "Almost Persuaded" occasionally in our services. The most striking words in that song come at the end by singing, "almost but lost."

Remember II Corinthians 6:2 " is the day of salvation."

So then, why are you waiting till the last minute?

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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