Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation
2 Cor 6:1 (ESV) We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Paul gives a very prominent and poignant lesson here; he displays to the Corinthian church the urgency of the gospel. (Isaiah 49:8) The Corinthian church gets a bad rap from the modern day Bible study teachers as being a very carnal culture and that it was infecting the believers in that area with behaviors creeping into the fellowship.
Here is the deal; today we are looking at a “Corinthian culture” that makes that “Corinthian culture” look like a Sunday school picnic. These words were written 2000 years ago to a worldly culture but are more relevant and more now than today’s newspaper.
You don’t get more urgent than the title of this article huh? It reminds me of our frailty of our mortality. We only have a finite time on this earth to make a decision about our eternity. As Christians we have a great responsibility under the “Great Commission” to take the word our and make disciples. (This blog is part of what I try to do to get the word of God out there)
Paul talks about the grace of God and receiving it in vain. This is very important in our time as we tend to be very grace focused in that our heart wants us to “cut corners” and create “grey areas” because if it is sin God will forgive us regardless. We cannot be looking to sin to get forgiveness and must be looking to go through a day by day journey for holiness. Grace will come to you from God regardless of whether you deserve it or not, but I would rather do my best for God.
After our justification we need to begin our process of sanctification. This journey is a marathon rather than a sprint. I am a knucklehead and need to learn many lessons many times over before it sets in my memory. If you ask my wife about my memory, she will tell you that there are times that she is surprised at the way my brain functions at times and the frequency on how I forget how to do simple everyday things. I am no different in my spiritual life, I have grown but sometimes it is not at the rate you would have expected.
It is about time that we realized our own comfort should not be center stage. When we are chasing the bigger salary, the bigger house, the nicer car, the hot tub, the pool, the large ministry, the big bank balance, fame, notoriety, good fortune, land, the nicest electronic gadgets whatever the desire of your heart is instead of Gods plan in your life, it always leads the same way.
1) Temporary gratification
I listen to “the Dave Ramsey show” on financial advice and he signs off every hour with the slogan “The only true way to financial peace is through the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ” and that principle can be allied to so many areas of our lives. When we allow other things to come into our lives and feed our selfishness gene (we all have one, even the most humble of us) then the work of the LORD is inhibited. God knows this and makes provision for you, but I wish (for me at least) that I was less selfish.
I am not suggesting giving up your iPhone/iPad/Xbox whatever you do for fun, however it is all about balance, if it is impacting your effectiveness for Christ and overtaking your life then it may be a problem. If you are married it is a cause for arguments in your relationship?
Here is the deal! These other things whilst it makes you comfortable, it has no eternal value, it will all burn in the end! We should chase after the things of God.
God bless and I hope this was a blessing and remember that “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”