I found Monday fascinating in many ways. It was the day when tax returns had to be in and also the final day of the football transfer window. It was the most exciting final transfer day for years with big money transfers and last minute deals falling through for the lack of one signature among many. I know that there are reasons for this last minute rush but from the outside it seems ludicrous
On the radio they asked people to phone in with things that they had left to the last minute. There were all kinds things from Christmas shopping on Christmas eve to leaving a dissertation to the final hours. I had a friend who when going on holiday would leave it to the last moment to catch the flight. So much so that on one occasion he and his partner were so late that they had to take their luggage into the passenger compartment to be stowed away while the other passengers, already strapped into their seats, looked on in barely concealed anger.
We are all different, some of us like to do things with time to spare whilst others can happily switch off until time is running out. Most of the time the things that we put off do not really matter yet some things are far too important to be postponed.
We live in a society where there is a high percentage of the population professing to believe in God but a much smaller percentage actually paying any attention to him in their lives. I wonder if they are planning to leave God until the last minute. There are death bed conversions, the thief on the cross is an example from scripture, but they are for me exceptions rather than the normal course of things. Often people die suddenly without the opportunity to put things right and even when death is not sudden, the gospel can be difficult to receive when a person has hardened their heart to it for years.
As always the bible puts things far better than I ever could. In 2 Corinthians 6:2 Paul writes “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.”
Some things should never be put off to the last minute.