Today is the day of salvation

12 Dec

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2b
How much time does the unbeliever have remaining to cry out for God’s mercy, to put his faith in Christ?
Psalm 39:5b says, “Each man’s life is but a breath.”
“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.” Psalm 39:4-5
Life is fleeting. Our flesh is fragile. We are like a mist at dawn that is quickly burned off by the morning sun and forgotten, most of us.
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:13-14
James is not discouraging prudent planning but is reminding readers that their lives are like a mist that floats away. Isaiah compares the lives of men and the Word of God.
“A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8
While the souls of men are bound for an eternal destination, all flesh is compared to grass that withers in the hot sun. And grass does wither.
In 2007, as a reporter for the “Montgomery Advertiser,” I covered one of the most severe droughts in Alabama’s history. The lack of rain prompted then Gov. Bob Riley to issue a proclamation calling for prayer for relief.
My front yard was cracking due to the lack of rain.
As I walked across the lawn that I normally sneered at, because it was growing so fast the mower would soon be needed, the grass crackled under my steps. It was like walking on Rice Krispies cereal.
The blades of grass withered away in the unforgiving summer heat.
The Lord gives us ample warning in Scripture on the danger of thinking we have time to do what we want and then deal with God later.
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:2b
“Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: Today, if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Heb. 3:12-15

The rebellion in the last part of the passage in Hebrews refers to disbelief among the Israelites at a moment in time between their deliverance from Egypt and entrance into the Promised Land.
We don’t know when our last hour will come. Only God knows.
“My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:15-16
I’ve known of people as young as 9, and 27, just fall out and die for no apparent reason and from no visible illness while enjoying life among friends and family. You probably know of some of those instances as well.
As certain as death is the judgment that follows.
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,…” Heb. 9:27a
Readers: if you don’t have a saving relationship with Christ today, now is your time of salvation.
Here are some verses to help:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…” Rom. 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…” Eph. 1:7
“For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13
The Apostle Paul humbly shared the Gospel in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 while acknowledging his own sin.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.”

Paul then breaks out in praise in response to what Christ did for him: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” verse 17
May God bless you with a similar song of praise, my friend.

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