Monday, January 4, 2010

The Closed Door

“When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’” (Luke 13:25 ESV)

These are very disturbing words. I read these words this morning and they disturbed me. They are word of absoluteness and finality. We are only too aware of how short the time is before that great and final judgment of humanity. We who are believers know that our lives and sin have already been judged in Christ at Calvary. Yet, there are so many who will be shut out when that door is finally closed.

As patient as God has been, there is coming a day when His long-suffering will end. The “door” of mercy shall be closed forever. The throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) will one day be replaced by the throne of judgment (Revelation 20:11) and multitudes will stand outside of grace.

We need to work while the day is yet day. The night is coming. It will soon be too dark to work the work of Christ. The banquet hall is being filled as we speak, but we cannot forget that one day, the master will close the door. This passage serves to remind us to have a right evaluation of the time – we need to constantly redeem the time.

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