Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “I heard you at the acceptable time, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Look, now is the acceptable time; look, now is the day of salvation! 2 Corinthians 6.1,2
Do you feel the sense of urgency with which Paul writes these verses? In chapter 5.20, Paul talks about being an ambassador for Christ. The job of an ambassador is to represent his government in a foreign country. Paul writes that we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his plea through us. What plea might that be? It is the plea for reconciliation. It is the plea for repentance. As a Christian I cannot sit on the fence and expect things to go well. I must roll up my sleeves and get into the trenches. We are at war on the spiritual level. So many people need the message and hope that we have to give. Are you sharing that message? Are you living that message? In chapter 6. 4-10 Paul tells of all that he and his companions have endured to not give an occasion for offending someone. I fear that many of us would turn our backs on the Lord if we had to go through half of what Paul had been through. In truth, the Corinthians were not responding as Paul had hoped to see them respond. Hence, he urges them not to receive God’s grace in vain. You see I can fall from that grace. When that happens, the urgency should kick in! Now is the time to obey in all that we do. For it’s a fact, tomorrow is not promised. I only have the present time. I only have now!