Shepherd Sayings January 4, 2018
Paul writing to the church at Corinth said, “I urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” For God says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (1Corinthians 6:1-2)
“Now”, today, while it is today, is all we have, for tomorrow may not come. There is a time when we can act and there comes a time when it is too late to act.
Another side of God’s “now” is that we do not have to wait for God’s salvation. God’s salvation is free today, while it is still today.
I read about a rich Christian who had many employees that owed him money. He wanted to teach them something about Christianity.
He posted a notice for all to read. The notice read, “Everyone who comes to my office between eleven and twelve o’clock, Thursday morning, will have their debt forgiven.”
Mot read the notice and doubted if it was true. However, at 11:45 one man dashed in the office and presented his bill. “Why are you here,” asked the owner?
“This was hard for me to believe,” said the employee. “I am here because you promised to forgive my debt and I believed you.” Taking the bill, the rich man marked it “paid in full”.
The forgiven employee wanted to go tell everyone, but the owner said, “No, wait until twelve noon.”
When the clock struck twelve, the forgiven man ran from the office waving his bill and shouting, “He did it! He forgave my debt.”
The crowd made a wild dash for the door, but the door was locked. It was too late!
Scripture says, “Now, today, while it is today, is the time to accept God’s offer of salvation. There may not be another day.
Dear God, help us know that you have given us life and give us the faith to receive your offer of forgiveness now. Amen