Sunday, December 20, 2015

2 Corinthians 6:2 -- On Salvation Now

"(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

Now.  I think sometimes we get pretty complacent about the gospel.  It's easy to think that we have all the time in the world to learn and become, and putting it off for a while isn't a big deal.  We'll repent later, we'll attend church regularly when we're not so busy... whatever it is, we can do it someday.  We don't have to worry about it now.  It's easy to think that and fall into that... but as Paul points out above, now is the time, and the day.  Salvation is available to us now.  It isn't about a specific time, like the particular day that Paul said this so long ago. :)  It's about the fact that what we do now is who we are.  Now leads us to the future and to eternity.  Now matters more than anything else ever will, and that unknown future where we imagine that we will do all of those things... that won't ever happen without now.  Now is when we make habits that stay with us, and now is when we need to step up for God and work out our salvation.  Timing is everything, and now is the time. :)
And hey, I know it's hard.  I'm an expert procrastinator, and participate in a very good share of escapism as well.  I get it.  I want to put things off until later too.  Maybe we all do with some things.  It's hard to face things and it's so much easier to justify and say, no... later.  I'll deal with it later.  But we have to concede Paul's point, really.  I mean, let's look at our own lives.  Do any of us finish everything we start?  Do any of us actually come back to things that we put off?  I think maybe occasionally, but it isn't really that likely, given our track record, right?  So, today, let's plunge into the pool of now.  Yeah, maybe the water is colder than we wanted, and maybe we wanted to lose a few extra pounds before going swimming... but now matters, and it's all we've got.  Let's get on our knees... now.  Today.  Right in the middle of this sentence if necessary.  Let's not put off our relationship with God.  Let's not wait to commit to the gospel.  Let's repent, and work out our salvation... now.  And then we can have that "utmost assurance" that it talks about in D&C 123:17.  That's a better thing to look forward to than trying to work out our salvation at the last minute. :)  Let's remember: Now.

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