“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
In Kentucky, people still go to the grocers, take their kids to school or get them ready for a school-bus; they attend church meetings and school assemblies for their kids; city councils still meet and debate whether to widen a road or how to change the construction code; my neighbors hired guys to put in a new fence and I am going to the garden center to discuss what to plant in front of my house to replace the yews I may remove tomorrow.
In fact, life in these United States and most of the world still plods on for most of us without houses crumbling in from missiles nor energy plants being shelled. No convoys of invading tanks, only a peaceful bunch of truckers who want to protest vaccines and masks that are about to be ended so the politicians will face less voter wrath next year. (I was told that state legislatures are considering bills to order men in city subdivisions to pair up with each other and go get a coffee or beer together once a week; but they are not going to call them laws… they’re going to call them man-dates. 🙄)
See, we even make lame jokes here, while an entire country is evacuating except for those willing to put their lives at risk and kill invaders from the neighboring nation. Some are kneeling in public squares to fast and pray for safety. Reports of deaths range from a couple hundred to a few thousand when you include invaders that have been crushed. Nuclear arms stand ready for a diabolical finger to push a button and blow an entire city off the map in a nation that does not have nuclear weapons.
Digression: On July 28, 1914, Serbian puppets of Russia assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, in Sarajevo. Exactly one month later, August 28, with German support the Austrian emperor declared war, followed by Russian retaliation and World War 1 began, eventually leading to over 100 countries from every continent becoming involved.
“The War to End All Wars?”
Only in 21 years, in August of 1939, Hitler’s Germany amassed troops on the border of Poland and demanded a meeting in Berlin with the Polish ambassador (a plenipotentiary). His feet were hardly warmed at a fireplace when Germany invaded Poland on September 1 with a “blitzkrieg” to begin World War 2. This time 191 nations entered the war! (There are only 195-199 in the world, depending on who is counting.)
In the meantime, WW2 resulted in changes in China that culminated in Mao Zedong claiming the founding of the PRC, chasing his opponents (about 3 million) to Taiwan.
And the world has been at war ever since, whether in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Kashmir, “Kurdistan,” Iraq, Iran and much of Africa and the Mideast.
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6-8)
Back To The Point: All this is to say “the end is still to come!” And the question on everyone’s mind is, WHEN? With a conflict that could easily erupt into World War 3, which a Russian spokesman says will be nuclear, this is not a time to play games with life and with The God Who Is. Such an event would happen so suddenly, that while diplomats try to lie and say it is unlikely, most of the world will be shocked and caught off-guard.
So the question that should be on everyone’s mind is not when the end will come, but “Will I be ready if it happens tomorrow?” You can know that you are ready, and such knowledge removes the fear that is motivating so many political debates and military discussions. Knowing Jesus is not just knowing about Him, like reading a biography (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and getting the facts together.
Knowing Jesus is to meet Him. Granted, most of us will not have visions or dreams in which we actually shake His hand or see His face. But by praying and inviting Him to come into your life, if you ask with belief that He will answer, He will come into your heart. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
This invitation is to you. No matter where you have been, what you have done; there is no ethnicity, color, language group or nationality that is excluded. You can come to Jesus just as you are. Simply repent (i.e. turn away from your selfish choices and anything opposed to godliness) and ask Jesus to come and live in you by His Holy Spirit. And HE WILL! Invite Him to lead your life from this day forward and be submissive to what He tells you.
He will usually speak first through the Bible. Read it! It is not a single book, but a collection and there are tons of helps for reading and studying it, to understand the basics of what it means to become a disciple of Jesus.
He also speaks through your conscience, if you have not seared it with persistent sin or disobedience to what the Bible teaches.
Be open to instruction by followers of Jesus who have been following Him longer than you. They are not “the last word” on how you should live for Jesus, but rely on their wisdom to begin to consider how you should live.
Even if a world war is not imminent, no one gets a guarantee of tomorrow. “Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” (Isaiah 46:10, New Living Translation) And He is not telling most of us how many days we have left on earth. And even if you are younger than 70 years old, no one here gets out alive!
So do not wait. Do not hesitate. Do not say, “l’ll do it tomorrow.” Do not put it off for “a more convenient time.” “Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NLT) Do not let anything stop you. Trust in Jesus today.
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to connect to Christ-followers in your city or discuss anything else about this decision.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)