Favorable

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,
“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.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Our final look at 2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2 brings us to a very enlightening statement. Paul tells the church in Corinth that they are living in a favorable time. They have received the message of grace; they have heard the news of salvation. The day to receive salvation is the day they hear of it. In application, we too are living in a favorable time. It is the day of salvation. This has not been the overarching theme of the past couple of years. Very few people would think that the years we have been living in are all that favorable and yet, they are. If we look through worldly eyes, we see all sorts of despair and trouble, but if we look through heavenly eyes, we see God moving in a powerful way. What makes this time favorable? We have the message of the gospel. We have the hope for mankind. We have the good news of great joy. It is no longer a mystery. Salvation has become known, and the message is for all people. Jesus saves. We live in a day that was prophesied and expected—a day that was anticipated and longed for. We live in an exciting time with so many ways and opportunities to make Christ known. We just need to remember why we are here. We are lingering in an alien land on our way to heaven so that we can help as many people as possible know the way. How are you living in this favorable time?