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 6:2NLT)
Many people today struggle with the issue of a guilty conscience especially if they had once served the Lord and has fallen back into sin. They feel that the Lord has forsaken them, and with the blessing and curse theology prevalent in our day, God is pictured as a cruel God who can punish people for any and every sin without giving them an opportunity to repent. I have been listening to several sermons by different preachers and some have shown the seriousness of sin to such an extent that sinners lose sight of the fact of God’s salvation through the finished work of Christ at Calvary. On the other hand, is one extreme that seems to overemphasize God’s love and grace more than His justice!
I believe that God is just and right to punish all deserving sinners, because the wages of sin is death. However, I also see a progression of God’s mind in the Scriptures that emphasizes His desire to save sinners if they turn to the Lord to be saved. The Apostle Paul tells that God is not wiling that any should perish but that all should be saved”. God’s grand desire for humanity is salvation in and through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. If we preach the Gospel, there should be a striking balance. This is important especially in our presentation of the Gospel facts, otherwise, we will preach a non-saving Gospel that shows no way of escape for the condemned sinners.
God’s desire is that all sinners should come to the Lord and find mercy and grace. The Psalmist has recorded, “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” (Psalm 103:10) As long as ‘today’ is available, there is grace to save the sinner and the backslider. God is calling us to repentance through faith in Christ Jesus. I am not sure why some people after tasting God’s goodness and grace chose to fall away. Of course, several explanations can be given, but, having fallen away and gone astray does not cause God to rejoice. It pains His heart as he anticipates the return of the ransomed soul back to His kingdom. Christ came to seek and save that which is lost. This means all sinners, the unfaithful in Church, the backsliders, the sinners and those that have never heard the Gospel.
The Lord is calling you, oh sinner, oh backslider, whatever your spiritual status is. 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 6:2NLT) there is no need for further procrastination. The Lord wants you to be in a right relationship with Him. Each day, His Word is being preached and the Spirit is bearing witness, calling men and women, young and old alike to come and drink freely of the living waters. But, there are those who feel they have strayed so far away from the Lord that they feel the Lord’s grace is now unreachable. I want to challenge you today, “Today if you should hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)
Do not wait, do not procrastinate anymore. The Lord is still calling to you, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” (Isaiah 55:1-3a) God wants you to come back into fellowship with him. We all like sheep have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6); we have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). At least, in the midst of all the bad news that is available to us on account of our sins, God is still extending His gracious offer of salvation. He cries, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:18-19).
Satan wants you to believe that God is finished with you because you have committed many sins. Your iniquities and transgressions indeed have separated you from the Lord (Isaiah 59:1-2) but, that’s all the devil wants you to know. He wants to daily accuse you and make sure that you keep wandering far away from your spiritual home where God is expecting you until it is too late, and heaven’s gates are shut. But today, I want to remind you that, even though your sins are as red as scarlet, there is a cry from the Saviour calling for you oh dear sinner, to come home, come home, come home, before night falls and it will be too late to get saved.
If you cover your sins you will not prosper. The writer of Proverbs said, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13. But Jesus Christ calls to you today, assuring you that “whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). You have lived a life of sin, you have done terrible things, but the Saviour still calls to you to come and reason together. His blood shed on Calvary is still powerful to cleanse you from all sin and bring you into fellowship with God (1 John 1:7-9).
What does it take for you to come back to the Lord? David understood this after his sin. He wrote, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). Are you willing to come back to the Lord and have him cleanse you from all unrighteousness? “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” (Psalm 103:10) No matter how deep your sins are, there is pardon, forgiveness and cleansing from Calvary. Jesus’ blood can wash away all sin. Today is the day of salvation. It is God’s appointed time for you to get right with your maker. Do not delay, time will be no more. The coming of the Lord will be soon and as you continue to live and walk in sin, great will be your darkness as you will gnash your teeth in the fires of hell.
Hell is no myth; it’s real. God wants to save you and spare you from its terrible horrors while it is still called today. But, if you decide to let go of God today, tomorrow may be too late; but, only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God awaits you…(Hebrews 10:27). Come to the lord to be born again and find pardon. Hell is not meant for you but it can be your portion if you let go of God’s grace today.