For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
Procrastination is something that many people like to do. They want to put things off until the last minute or until they have to be done, with no choice.
The real challenge with procrastination is that often things come up at the last minute blocking a person from accomplishing the task desired, since it was put off for so long.
Paul quotes Isaiah in talking about God’s favor and salvation. Then he says that now, today is the time of His favor and the day of salvation.
One of the things that many people put off is repenting of sin and turning to God. It is common to hear of people who say that someday they will begin to follow Jesus, but not today.
This is often done, because they want to still live in the world and have the sinful fun of the world. They do not want to change.
While it may seem that a person has all the time in the world to make a choice to follow Jesus, this may not be true. Today may be looking good for one’s life, but tomorrow he may end up dead in an accident or something else, removing his chance to follow Jesus and be saved.
Doing something right away, when one has a chance, removes the chance of not being able to do it at all. Nothing is more important than the salvation of the soul. Salvation is something that effects someone in the here and now and also for all eternity.
You may or may not be a believer, but today is the day of salvation. Do not put off becoming a follow of Jesus and do not put off repenting of your sins.
You do not really know what the next moment holds for you. God may choose to take your life in the next moment, not giving you any more chances to be saved. Grab onto the salvation while you can, while it is still today.
Do not allow yourself to procrastinate on the most important event of your life. If you choose not to believe and you lose your life, you will end up judged in hell for all eternity. Today is the day of salvation.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful ways today; that you will not put off another moment to follow Jesus; and that you will know God’s favor as your follow Him.
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:11
The world is full of sinners who do not know the truth about what is right or wrong. They are unable to live a righteous, holy life in any way, because they have never been told what that is. They have no reason to live it.
Inside the church, it is a different story. Paul just got done talking about expelling a ‘believer’ who was doing things with his mother that are left only for in marriage. Now Paul tells the people to not even eat with people who claim to be a believer, but purposefully live in sin.
It is expected that those who do not follow Christ will live in sinful ways. However, those who have chosen to believe in and follow Christ, God expects something different. They are to leave their life of sin, be a new creation and live a righteous and holy life.
Many in the church claim to believe in Christ, but continue to purposefully sin in some way. Some are continued drunkards, sexually immoral, homosexual, greedy, gossipers, liars, swindlers, or more. Those who purposefully continue to live in these ways are not truly following Christ. They are only following in word, not heart and are false believers.
True believers, who strive to flee sin, must run away from all such people. False believers will bring down the church and give the name of Christ a bad name.
True believers may still sin, but they are striving to not sin. They will not purposefully continue to sin.
Start by taking a look at your life. Ask yourself if you are purposefully living in some sin. Repent of that sin and begin to flee it. Do not allow it to control you.
Then take a look at the believers you hang around with. Ask yourself if any are purposefully living in sin. Break off your relationship with those false believers who habitually live in sin, refusing to repent or change.
Do not allow yourself to be corrupted by false beliefs that a person can continue to sin and God will just overlook it. God loves everyone, but will not tolerate purposeful sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal unrepentant sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; and that God will reveal false believers among you.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
It is the desire of many to have great wealth, treasures, along with long life. The golden dream is to have it all with eternal life.
People are willing to go to extreme lengths to get these things. For most people, most often wealth is just out of reach and eternal life is impossible to have on their own working. Yet people still seek both.
A wealthy man asked Jesus how to have eternal life. After saying that he followed the basic ten commandments, Jesus told him he still lacked one thing–to follow Him.
All the religions, that are man-made, have many rules on what to do or not do so that one might gain eternal life after death. People desire to earn their own way to eternal life.
This type of thinking is also common inside the church. Many are going to church, reading the bible, following the ten commandments, giving to the poor, but they are still lacking one thing–they are not following Jesus. These things are done to look good or to earn their way into heaven.
Following Jesus means one will give up his past and own ways of doing things. His focus will be to worship God, to be a witness for Jesus and to make and disciple new believers.
Jesus was all about building God’s kingdom. Too many believers focus on self, rather than upon God’s kingdom. They are not really following Jesus, except in word. Saying one is following Jesus is not the same as actually following Him and doing what He is doing and wants done.
Ask yourself what are you doing to gain eternal life?
Do not give up going to church, reading your bible and worshipping God. If fact, continue to do so even more. But, you must also make sure you are following Jesus. Do what Jesus would do, say what Jesus would say, go where Jesus would go, and be like Him in every area of your life.
As you give up your past and own life to God, He will give you an abundant life that will extend into eternal life.
Are you still lacking one thing? Then get it.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will lack nothing in follow God; and that you will do God’s work on this earth.