Sitting at the laptop waiting for a program to materialize before your eyes, as prompted only 5 seconds ago, you are all but abusing your keyboard with the impatience of a lunatic. While you (patiently) wait, let me take your mind back to only a few years ago.

Probe your mind to remember an age long ago, before cell phones, GPS, and SIRI; planning for a cross country road trip, you’d arm yourself with the latest paper maps! During the planning stage, you’d get your pen or highlighter and make your descent to your destination. It would take several days. Wisely, you equipped your vehicle with snacks, travel games, trash bags, cooler, thermos, and the almighty collection of Atlas maps.

Embarking on your travels, you start very early in the morning to get the most out of the day. The excitement is immense. As the minutes turn into hours and those turn to days, you still anticipate going, but the distance between you and the “PLACE” is long, and there are things along the way to attract you. Such sights, entertainment, fascinating and beautiful scenery took the edge off the Promised Land journey.

John 3:16, “​For God so loved the world that He gave His only ​​begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him…”

John 6:40,​ “And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son and believeth on Him​, ​may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” 

Matthew 24: 12, 13, ​And because inquiry shall abound the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved.”

Matthew 24:37-39, ​”But as in the days of No’-e were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, …”

Luke 21: 34 – 36,​ “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day came upon the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always,…”

1Peter 4:7, “…Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

Back to our trip, having taken all the precautions possible, there could be a flat tire due to debris in the road, road closures, construction detours, and things unavoidable. Some things catch your eyes, promising entertainment and pleasure or just reprieve from the tedious travel. Being distracted, you may miss the exit.

Matthew 25: 2-6 “Ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the Bridegroom. And five were wise and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessel with their lamps. While the Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight…”

It takes time to run a marathon. You exercise, eat wisely, and press for a goal. It’s the same for Salvation. It takes time to be holy. The exercise of praying, fasting, eating the Bread of Life, the Word of God, and pressing toward the goal. Doing less causes a void that is tempting to fill with fleshly things that appease but cause spiritual dullness. Cares of this world are God’s concerns; leave them with Him.

Our concern, “​Occupy till I come.”​ (Luke 19:13) 

To occupy: To engage the attention, take or fill, or perform the functions.

The conclusion:

  • Fear God and keep His commandments. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37)
  • Love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:39)
  • In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy Paths. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

Don’t miss the exit!