A Day Late

ten virginsIf you have from time to time looked at the devotionals posted on NHIM’s website, you are aware of my propensity to utilize folk sayings and witticisms to advance a point. The saying “a day late and a dollar short” follows that form. I have often heard this statement when someone has missed a valuable opportunity.

The sentiment expressed in this saying is especially true related to the spiritual realm. By God’s grace, people are given multiple chances to repent and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. However, God’s gracious invitation neglected over time results in the opportunity being lost. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20 KJV). 

A poignant word came from Jesus concerning a tragically missed opportunity. Jesus shared a parable about ten virgins. “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish” (Matthew 25:1-13). The five that were foolish neglected to adequately prepare for their ‘big moment’ when the bridegroom arrived. They had not taken enough oil to keep their lamps burning, which was their primary responsibility. While they were gone to find oil, the bride groom came and those who were prepared entered in and the door was closed. The five who were not prepared came and found they had been left outside. They pleaded, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you” (Matthew 13:11-12, NKJV).

We have been invited to be a part of “the Marriage Supper of the Lamb”. We have one main job to do. We are to keep our lamps burning brightly and be ready when the cry goes out that the bridegroom is coming. Have you accepted the Lord’s invitation? Is the ‘light’ of your life in Christ burning brightly? Oh, don’t be caught “a day late and a dollar short”! Don’t be left outside!

Prayer: Lord, help me to heed your plea, “Prepare To Meet Your God” (Amos 4:12 NKJV). When Your call comes, I want to be ready to enter in to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

~ Brother Roy


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