November 15, 2016

Seize the Moment!

2 Corinthian 5:16-6:2

Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

—  2 Corinthians 6:2

Ivan was a university student in Moscow who called in many times during our live radio broadcasts. He seemed genuinely interested in Christianity and had many questions about Christ’s teaching. But when he was invited to make a commitment to Jesus, Ivan rejected it outright: “I’m too young for something like that! I have my whole life ahead of me.”

Does Ivan’s logic sound familiar to you? Regardless of our age, many of us still look for an excuse to delay making a commitment to God, thinking that we have lots of time on our hands.

You probably have heard the ancient saying “Carpe diem.” It’s a Latin aphorism that can be translated as “Seize the day.” Sayings with similar meanings can be found in many cultures.

The Bible also tells us about the urgency of making our commitment to God. The apostle Paul urges us not to delay when it comes to our salvation. We are privileged to live in an age of grace, when the gospel is proclaimed throughout the world. That is something to be thankful for. But it may not be that way forever. Also, we never know when our life on this earth will end—whether by illness or accident—slowly or suddenly. But it will end—when we die or when Christ returns.

So I urge you to believe in Jesus and find peace with God today, before it’s too late!

Father, give us wisdom to appreciate the opportunities we have. Let us lean on Jesus for our salvation today and always. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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