Right Now and Forever

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 2 Corinthians 6:2

We are currently nearing the end of a bucket list vacation, and have had the opportunity several times to seize the moment, and take advantage of a particular site or sight. High on the list are two magnificent experiences: seeing Denali – mountain peak that is beyond belief in its grandeur and majesty, and seeing a number of eagles from our Deadliest Catch excursion today. Seeing Denali put us in the 30% club, since 70% of the time people who travel to that area of the country do not see the mountain because it is covered in clouds! Seeing the eagles was stunning, delightful, and impressive. In either case, however, it was a matter of an opportunity not lost. 

There are times when limited time offers actually are limited time opportunities. I’m not talking about TV commercials, or high-pressure sales associates. God doesn’t coerce. There is, however, an eternal now for those who would embrace the love and grace of Christ: it is the now of daily repentance and faith. Five hundred years ago Martin Luther said, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ called men to repent, he meant that the entire life of the believer should be one of repentance.” Jesus’ first recorded message in Mark’s gospel is, “The time is now. The rule and reign of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) 

There will be a time when the offer of God’s salvation will no longer apply. When we die or when Jesus’ returns our eternal fate is confirmed: either we have lived a life of repentance and faith, or we have despised God’s calling and gifts. But even now, as you and I read these words, God invites us to call upon him, to believe in him, to receive his gift of eternal life and salvation. That is good news…right now and forever!

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