The Point of No Return
For you know that afterward, when [Esau] wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
The Bible speaks of a man named Esau who went beyond the point of no return.
Know this: there is a point of no return. You might say to yourself, “I will get right with God one of these days, one of these months. One of these years, I will ask Christ to come into my life.” But every time you reject God’s call on your life, every time you come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, realizing your need for Jesus, and you say no, your heart will get more calloused. It gets tougher. It gets harder. And if you continue to resist the Holy Spirit and harden your heart, there can come a point in your life where you won’t want forgiveness.
To turn from the truth is to become more thoroughly entrenched in danger than ever. It seems like there is a moment of decision in every life in which a person will see his or her need for Jesus Christ and, for whatever reason, will reject Him. And this will have eternal ramifications.
So how do our hearts become hardened? It takes time. No one starts out that way. A little child is not born with a hardened heart. It takes a series of steps. Whether it’s the first time stealing, the first time telling a lie, or the first time doing something immoral, guilt plagues the conscience and soul. But if a person continues to sin, it then gets easier and easier. Pretty soon, he or she doesn’t feel any guilt whatsoever. That is called getting a hardened heart. And the Bible warns us about having our hearts hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
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