“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.” — 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
In 1874, Elisha Gray did something that no one else had ever done. He unveiled a device that transmitted musical notes over a telegraph wire. The audience was fascinated with the sounds. Proudly, Gray asked, “If this can be done for music, why not for words?”
Immediately the New York Times predicted a “Talking Machine,” and people expressed a great deal of interest in wanting to purchase one. To say that the response of those who had witnessed the demonstration of new invention was positive would be an understatement.
Unexplainably, Elisha Gray did nothing with his “Talking Machine” for the next two months. One day, he finally decided to go to the patent office with a drawing of his invention. After presenting it to one of the officials, he learned that Alexander Graham Bell had presented an identical sketch two hours earlier.
Gray’s patent was rejected! He had not failed. He had hesitated.His neglect had cost him more than he would ever have known.
Salvation is God’s free gift to everyone who believes and puts their trust in Christ. But as Gray was the victim of his own neglect, so, many put off making a commitment about becoming a Christian until it is too late. Everyone seems to believe that there will always be another tomorrow because there was a yesterday.
Time is fleeting and can slip through our fingers so quickly. We think we have everything under control and then, all of a sudden, we are surprised by events we never saw coming. We think when we see a 21-year-old man, “Now he is young.” But if that man only lives to be 22, he has lived almost all his life. If we see a 50-year-old man, we might think he is old. But if that man lives to be 90, he has most of his life still ahead of him.
A poem I often quote when I am sharing with others about the brevity of life goes like this:
The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
at late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
to lose one’s health is more.
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
that no one can restore.
I know that many who read this have placed their trust in Christ for salvation. But if you have never come to that place of turning from your sins and turning to Jesus Christ for His free gift of salvation, please don’t put it off. Don’t let delay determine your destiny!