“In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2
Sometimes in life we get caught in what I call a waiting loop. A time of waiting or procrastination that never seems to end, but goes on and on, day after day, year after year. Dale Carnegie said, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”
When Paul said, “Now is the day of salvation,” his words were not addressed to the lost. He was writing to believers (“fellow workers,” he called them), reminding them of their mission, of the price Jesus had paid for their sins, of the new life that was theirs in Christ. And he urged them to wait not a moment longer to begin living life to the fullest.
“Be reconciled to God,” he said to his fellow workers.
“Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 1 Corinthians 6:2
Now, when the fields are ripe for the harvest (John 4:35), is not the time to waste gospel opportunity, or to be feeble, vacillating, or deceived by false teachers. It is the time to hold fast to the truth and faithfully proclaim it. “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day,” Jesus admonished. “Night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).
If you’ve been waiting for your life to begin, for your ministry to begin, for everything to fall into place — now is the time to stop waiting and start living.
Your life is now. Today is the day of God’s favor. Today is the day that God wants to bless you. Today is the day that God wants to use you.
This day is the day that God has made to fulfill his purpose in your life.