A Favorable Time (II Corinthians 6)

“In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2

It was not a good time for the question to be asked.  It was so obvious by the way the person responded.  The response was cold and it was cutting.  As I walked away I cried out to God, “Please direct me to know when it will be the right moment.”

Brothers and sisters, sometimes it is very hard to know when it is the right time to ask a question or when it is the right time to make a statement to someone you are trying to help.  Each of us can identify with this because it has been our experience in life.

I felt the weight of this last week as I stood in a mall waiting on Sherry.  I engaged the clerk so easily until it was time to share the gospel.  Suddenly my heart began to race and I began to wonder, is this the right time? Thankfully, I did not listen to the voice of my old nature.  I shared the gospel with this man.

In II Corinthians 6 Paul is writing with an urgency fueled by his partnership with God in getting the gospel to all men during the age of grace.  Paul wanted his readers to know:

  • It is always the right time to share the gospel because God wants lost people to pray for their salvation, Psalm 32:6; 69:13.
  • It is always the right time to be set apart for the gospel because we do not want to be a stumbling block to anyone.
  • It is crucial for the Child of God to stay away from connections with people who would side-tract us from our urgent task.

This very day you and I will meet many people who need the message of the gospel.  The question you and I must answer is this: “Will it be a favorable time to share the gospel?”

Paul would respond from days gone by, “yes, yes, Oh yes!”

 

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