A poet once wrote, “Of all the words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, `It might have been.’” If that is true, then one of the most tragic words in human language must be the word “almost.”
“Almost” speaks of aborted opportunities and missed chances. I’m sure that as long as this world exists, “almosts” will dot the pages of human history. “I almost climbed the mountain.” “We almost reached our goal.” “I almost closed the deal.” “We almost got there in time.” We’ve all had those “almost” experiences.
One of the most infamous “almoster” in history has to be Pilate because he almost released Jesus. He almost lowered the gavel and proclaimed, “Not guilty.” He almost said, “I dismiss all the charges because this man is innocent.” He almost set Him free. He had the authority to do it. He wore the signet ring that said he had the power to do it but He gave into the crowd. Luke 23:23-24 says”But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that He be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand.” He listened to their voices.
We’ve heard the voices, too, haven’t we, voices saying, “Go on ahead and do it. No one will ever know!” or maybe “Don’t speak up, everyone will laugh at you!” or “Don’t help them, they don’t deserve it.”
What voices are making you almost serve God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength? What is making you into an “almoster”?
The thing about almost is that it actually means not at all! “I almost climbed the mountain” means, “I didn’t climb the mountain”. “I almost fed the hungry”, means “someone is still without food”. “I almost trusted Jesus for salvation” means “your not saved”. The Bible very clearly teaches us that there are no “almosts” with God. There is no “almost” heaven, no “almost” place where we can go.
It’s time to move from almost into action. It’s time to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice and not the voice of the crowd.