For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)

In Ruth 3:18, Naomi gives Ruth this encouragement about Boaz.

Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”

Ruth 3:18 (NIV)

In 2 Corinthians 6:2, Paul refers to Isaiah 49:8, which is the fulfillment of Isaiah 49:6.

He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6 (NIV)

Therefore, the time Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 6:2 is when Gentiles can now be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

As I consider the time of God’s favor and the day of salvation, I realize that time and day are still right now. For those Corinthians almost 2,000 years ago, it was then for them. However, to those not yet saved today, today is the day of the Lord’s favor and salvation. Even as I write this, 90,751 people have died today, increasing by 1 every second. Of those who have died today, how many thought they had tomorrow? Yet, waiting until tomorrow may be too late.

Still, as I consider salvation and the day of the Lord’s favor, I’m reminded that there are other things we need to do today. Like Boaz in Ruth 3:18, who wouldn’t rest until he had resolved the issue with Naomi and Ruth, we, too, shouldn’t put off until tomorrow the things we need to do today.

If you still need to be saved, then today is the day. Today is the day of the Lord’s favor. Today can be the day when you gave your life to Jesus Christ. If you would like to be saved today, then pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.