Sunday, December 29
2 Corinthians 6:2, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
Luke 12:20, “But God said to him… ‘This very night your life will be demanded from you.’”
We pay bills on time to avoid late fees. We put gas in the tank to avoid being stranded. When tasks have foreseeable consequences, we act readily, because we can visualize the cost involved if we don’t. Why, then, when it comes to choosing between eternal life and death, are so many of us pros at “crastination?” That is why Paul wrote, “Now is the time” for salvation. Tomorrow is not promised to us.
In Luke 12:20, Jesus talks about a man who had everything except what he needed most — salvation. He died that night and it was too late. Although scary to think about, this happens every day. Most of us can share stories of people we knew who woke up thinking they were facing another regular day, only to have their lives tragically end before sundown. Therefore, the need for rescue isn’t just real; it’s really urgent!
If you were to die today, do you know where you would go? If not, don’t delay! Cry out, “Mayday!” And, immediately, Jesus will rescue you and say, “Do not be afraid, I’m here! You’re safe!”
Is today your mayday? If it is, simply pray the prayer below. If today isn’t your mayday — if you already have a personal relationship with Christ — then it is someone else’s. Who do you know that’s urgently in need of rescue? Be intentional about sharing what Jesus is doing in your life, inviting them to church, and praying for them.
God, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins and rose again. I turn from doing life my way and, RIGHT NOW, I turn to You. I’m ready to commit myself fully to Your plan and purpose rather than my own! In Jesus’ name, Amen.