Monday, March 22, 2010

Right Here! Right Now!

As God's partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous 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, NLT)

Okay, I'm SURE you've NEVER done anything this dumb! But I've been known before to acquire a really cool item and forget I even have it. Being a bibliophile, I've seen a book I knew I just had to read, but I wasn't quite finished with the one I was currently reading. So the new volume goes on the shelf, collecting dust, hoping to be read some day in the future.

The same thing has been known to take place with clothing. Not until I began watching a popular cable television show that transforms people's wardrobes did I realize that the nice pair of slacks I had saved away for my next dress-casual occasion could be worn as everyday wear. I don't have to walk around looking like a frumpy, dumpy slouch when I have the nice attire in my closet!

If this is so obviously idiotic in our material world, then why don't we see it the same way in our spiritual life? How often do we leave the joy of our Christian salvation collecting dust on the shelf or stashed away in the closet?

Many a time I have walked glumly through my days, living only for the hope of Heaven. Now, that eternal expectation is not in itself a bad thing. But the amazing salvation of Jesus starts right here and right now! That means our joy and hope doesn't have to wait for the end of our earthly life to begin. Wow! We should be excited about that!

Get into God's word and you will see that when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Ruler, we receive EVERYTHING we need by the power of the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:3) That means that we have the gift of more wisdom and clarity in our decisions. Our eyes are suddenly opened to the blessings surrounding us that we would have otherwise missed. We have available a peace that can soothe us in spite of our circumstances. And we gain a strength that is not our own. These are only a few of the many benefits we are lavished with when we commit our lives to the Lord.

Our salvation, our Heaven begins here and now when we surrender fully to Jesus! That makes our faith something even more compelling to share with others! And without recognizing the immediate benefits to our redemption in addition to the eternal promise, our free gift provided by God's Only Son is like a huge diamond collecting dust, waiting for "some day" when it could be worn today.

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