Click here for the reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10.
“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” The Apostles understood the urgency of carrying the Gospel into all the world and placed no obstacle in anyone’s way, nor did they allow anything to dissuade them from fulfilling their calling.
“We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.” (vv. 3-10)
Knowing the urgency of the message and understanding that “now” is the time and no other, Paul would suffer greatly for the sake of Christ, so that man might come to a knowledge of Him and find salvation. Through all of his trials, he could rejoice knowing that God the Holy Spirit was working faith in the hearts of those who would believe.
The time to believe the Gospel is when you hear it, and the time of preaching the Gospel is now. May we recover some sense of urgency, some measure of the zeal of the Apostles, some taste of their dedication. Let us be ready to hear and believe. Let us be ready to proclaim the Gospel whatever may befall us. Let us trust the Lord to sustain us in all things and bring to completion the work He has begun in us and all who believe in Him.