For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation. ( 2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV)
I remember when I was a little girl. My friends and I would talk about how that when we got older. That we would live life wild and free. How, we would take in all the pleasures in the world that we could and then when we were on our deathbeds. We would then give our lives over to Jesus. Sadly, this is how many folks live their lives today. Let me live for the pleasures of this life today. Then tomorrow, I will live for God. There is one problem with that however. Tomorrow, is not a given. My friends and I foolishly thought that we would live to a ripe old age. That we would have the chance to repent on our deathbeds. It never occurred to our seven year old minds. That death just may come suddenly. That we may never get that time for deathbed repentance. Scripture tells us that now is the accepted time. Now, is the day of salvation. We have no idea what tomorrow holds. We don’t even know if we will even live to see tomorrow. This post today is more for nonbelievers than it is for believers. What scripture is telling us in this verse is simply that now is the time to accept Jesus. Now, is the time of salvation. Salvation is simply being rescued by God from our sins. Let me ask you this question. If you were trapped inside of a burning building. With no hope of escape. Then out of nowhere here comes this fireman and he/she offers you a way out. Would you let him/her lead you out? Or would you say no thank you. I am fine on my own. Most of us, if not all of us would accept the help. It takes a pretty stubborn person to refuse. To say no thank you. I’ve got this on my own. It is no different than how some treat Christ. He was sent to free us from our sins. Yet, some still tell him no thank you. I am fine on my own. Here, is the truth that many would not want to accept. You are not fine on your own. Cause the truth is. Jesus Christ did not come to save us from this life, but rather from the life that is to come. Whether, you believe it or not. Hell is real. Scripture even says that it enlarged herself (Isaiah 5:14) meaning that it makes room, but in the above scripture it says that in the day of salvation have I succoured thee. Succour means to offer assistance and support in times of hardship and distress. That is a promise for this side of Heaven. Not only because of belief in Christ Jesus which is our salvation he also promises to help us while on this earth in our times of hardship and distress.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 KJV)
Many of you may be saying. Well, Jesus has never stood at my door and knocked (the door is your heart). I say to you if you are reading this. That is Jesus knocking on your hearts door. If you heard the gospel of Jesus being preached again that is another knock. Has someone ever taken the time to witness to you one on one? That is another knock. The knock is simply an invitation to allow the Holy Spirit in. Jesus says. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. When someone comes to our home and knocks on the door. What do we do? We gaze through the peephole and we make a decision on whether we would let the person in or to pretend that we are not home. When Jesus stands and knocks. There is only two answers that we can give him. We can let him into our lives, into our hearts. Where he promises to sup (dine) with us. Or we can choose to keep him on the outside. Let me tell you this. This will be the most important invitation that you will ever receive in your life time. This is an invitation to enter into a relationship with God Almighty. He is standing at your door knocking and patiently waiting. Will you let him come and sup with you?
(7) Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if you will hear his voice,(8) Harden not your hearts, as in the day of provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: (Hebrews 3:7-8 KJV)
Scripture tells us. That if TODAY if we will hear is voice. Not to harden our hearts. Sadly, for some today may very well be our last day to accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. I am not one to use scare tactics, but seriously for many who woke up this morning. Will not get the chance to do so tomorrow. That is why scripture tells us that today is the day. When you hear God’s voice harden not your heart. To harden ones heart. Means to reject the truth. It means to tell God not only do I not need you in my life, but I don’t want you there either. The above scripture talks about the Israelites when they were in the wilderness. How in times of temptation they tempted God proved him and for forty years saw his works. What that means is that they tested God and not in a good way. I believe that their hearts were hardened towards God cause they wanted to enjoy the pleasures of this life. Let me speak for a moment to those of you who say. I am enjoying the pleasures of life at the moment. When I’ve had all of the fun. Then I will consider giving God a chance. May, I tell you that these pleasures that you’re so reluctant to give up. That in the end it isn’t even worth it. You may not see it now, but it leads to heartbreak, destruction, loss of self respect and so much more. When we open our hearts to Jesus however, he cleanses us from all of that. There is a freedom that comes from serving the Lord. The pleasures of this world is temporary and trust me it will cost you something, but the pleasures of life in Christ is eternal and in it you will gain everlasting life. Now is the time of salvation.