As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
We all take things for granted, but it’s a strange fact that often, it’s the most precious and amazing gifts. The love of our family and friends for example. Or the reliable supply of clean drinking water and nourishing food. Or the freedom to worship God and to declare publicly what we believe. Our lives would be very different if any of those privileges were denied us. But, honestly, how often do we consciously give thanks to God for these amazing gifts?
Now let’s step it up a gear. Let’s talk about the amazing gift of salvation and the promise of eternal life with God. It doesn’t get better than that. Any gift you have ever received must pale into insignificance alongside the amazing gifts of God to us. But, all too often, we receive this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and ignore it. Paul’s intention was to wake up his Corinthian hearers and remind them that God’s gift of salvation is not a vague and distant reality. God wants us to be awake to his gift of salvation right now, because today is the day of salvation.
The Christian faith changes our understanding of everything, but nothing is more dramatic than the way in which it transforms our understanding of the present. Today is incredibly important, however dull and ordinary it might seem, because God is at work, setting people free. Today is the day that God wants you to experience his salvation, setting you free from your sins and fears and enabling you to be fully alive.
In what specific ways can you see God’s salvation at work in your life today?
Thank you, dear Lord, for your gift of salvation. Help me to treasure it and never take it for granted. Amen