As It Was In the Days of Noah…
If you’ve watched the video above there is really not a lot I could add to the message I wanted to convey today. However, if I were to add one thought or admonition, it would be to review Elder Holland’s talk from General Conference a couple of weeks ago. After expounding beautifully and concisely upon the Master’s Parable of the Laborers he said,
This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.
I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.
Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”1 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Come and feast “without money and without price”2 at the table of the Lord.”
Simply put, even if you feel you can never prepare for the Master of the Vineyard’s return, you can. No follies too foolish or sins too scarlet can keep you from earning the full blessings from the Master of the Vineyard upon His return. If you have mistakes in your life, fix them. If you have sins that need confessing, confess them. If you have debts to pay off, pay them. And if you haven’t started your supply of food storage, start now. Today. Start today. As Elder Holland said at the close of his address,
Don’t delay. It’s getting late.”
Let us get our arks ready brothers and sisters, because we don’t want to get caught in the rains. No umbrella is tough enough for that.
– Stan Way
1. Hebrews 4:16
2. Isaiah 55:1
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