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March 11, 2014

What Are You Waiting For?

“… I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation ….” 2 Corinthians 6:2b (NIV)

If Publishers Clearing House came to your door with a multi-million dollar check made out to you, how long would it take you to cash it? Would you shut the door in their face and reject the money? More than likely, you would welcome them into your home no matter how messy it was. You wouldn’t think about putting them off and asking them to return at a more convenient time, would you? Maybe you’re thinking, “It would be my luck that they had the wrong address!” God has an offer worth far more than all the money you could ever win. The prize He offers is eternal life in His Son! Forgiveness of sin! No condemnation now or in eternity. Salvation from the judgment we deserve. He offers us mercy and grace.  Mercy is not receiving the punishment we deserve. Grace is receiving the blessings we don’t deserve! And when is that offer made? Look at our verse today. Two times the Bible says, “Now…” “…Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” God’s favor is another way of saying grace. And the day of salvation is another way of saying mercy. That is an offer too good to refuse. So, what are you waiting for? Now is the time. Today is the day. If you’ve never settled it, do it now! Pause in prayer right now and ask Jesus to forgive your sin. Receive His offer of mercy and grace. Experience the joy of sins forgiven and the promise of a home in heaven! You say, “But, I don’t deserve it.” Come on. Is that what you would say to Publishers Clearing House? I don’t think so. Besides, that’s why they call it mercy. If we deserved it, it wouldn’t be mercy, would it? The real issue is often fear. We’re afraid of what God may want, how it may change our lives or what we may become. Exchanging our sin for His grace opens the door for an intimate and personal relationship with the God who loves you. He’s knocking at your door today. Will you let Him in? Do it now. What are you waiting for?