GRAB THE CHANCE (4)
Do make use of the opportunity for “regret is always too late”! It is written in Proverbs 5:12-13, “…How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction; I have not obeyed the voice of my teachters, nor inclinded my ear to those who instructed me!" These were the words of one who is sorry.
There are two characters who can be a mirror for us:
1. Esau (Hebrews 12:16-17)
Esau was a person who got an opportunity from God. As twins he was born first, so he became the eldest son. In the Hebrew culture, the birthright is everything.
Spiritually it speaks of our right as children of God (the church: the congregation of the firstborn). Unfortunately, Esau never appreciated that. He only thought of the flesh, not of the spirit. Jacob, on the other hand, knew how precious the birthright was. Finally Esau sold his birthright for just a bowl of red beans. Becoming a Christian is very expensive, because we are paid with the blood of Jesus, so let us not exchange it with anything else! In the book of Hebrews Esau is compared with someone who commits adultery. When the time comes for a blessing, he does not get another chance to correct his mistake, even if he begs in tears...
2. Judas Iscariot (Matthew 27:3-5)
Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve men, who had the extraordinary opportunity of becoming an apostle, he was even trusted to be the treasurer of Jesus. But unfortunately, Judas did not use this opportunity properly, but instead he seized this opportunity to sell Jesus! When he saw that Jesus was sentenced to death, he was remorseful, but it was too late! He brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the priests, but they refused to accept them. Judas must bear responsibility of his own deeds. And eventually hanged himself...
Brothers and sisters, let us therefore live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in the light of the Word of God, then we will for sure be able to use the opportunities in our lives and bear fruits for the Lord.