The Peril of Spiritual Procrastination

…what [you and I] will be, in all probability, depends on what [we] are now, and [we all] seem to forget this.”

“Think not you can, at will, serve lusts and pleasures in your beginning, and then go and serve God with ease at your latter end. Think not you can live with Esau, and then die with Jacob. It is mockery to deal with God and your souls in such a fashion. It is an awful mockery to suppose you can give the flower of your strength to the world and to the devil, and then put off the King of kings with the scraps and leavings of your hearts-the wreck and remnant of your powers. It is a mockery, and you may find to your cost the thing cannot be done.”

“Repentance and faith are the gifts of God, and gifts that He often withholds, when they have been long offered in vain. I grant you true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true. I grant you, one penitent thief was converted in his last hours, that no man night despair; but I warn you, only one was converted, that no man night presume. I grant you it is written, Jesus is ‘able to save them to the uttermost that come to God through Him.’ (Heb. 7:25) But I warn you, it is also written by the same Spirit, ‘Because I called, and [you] refused..I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your [terror comes].’ (Prov. 1:24,26.)”

-J. C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men, 1:3, 1886

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