Too Late

You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. – Hebrews 12:17 NLT

The apostle Paul reminds us that everything written in Scripture (he was talking about the Old Testament) was for our benefit by teaching and warning us. (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11)  Then Esau forfeiting his birthright should give us pause.  This part of Hebrews is a stark reminder that the grace that God has offered us can be rejected, blocked and even given up.  And maybe even a more dire warning in this story is that there is a point of no return.  There is a place where after rejecting God’s gift of eternal life through his Son, we are rejected by God.  It becomes too late to repent.

We shouldn’t try to determine exactly where that point is for others, only God can make that call.  But we have been given enough warning signs to stay away from that black hole where no one returns.  Be careful not to take for granted the gift that God has offered to you.  Treat it as the most precious thing that you will ever receive.

Lord, help us today to appreciate what you have done.  Let us place this gift in our heart where it will be seen and known by others.  Amen.

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