<<immediately, currently>>

The Bible states, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). This is a matter of timing, a call for promptness not delay. Primarily it applies to responding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit to accept Christ as Saviour but also to conviction of sin in our lives, requiring us to quickly repent and restore fellowship with God (Jn 16:8; 1 Jn 1:9). If we say no to His voice we are in effect hardening our hearts

All we have is ‘the present’ – use it wisely

(Ps 95:7,8). Putting off ‘receiving Christ’ until a more convenient time is a huge gamble – the Spirit may not challenge again or our life may be instantly snuffed out. If we die without knowing Christ as Saviour there is no further opportunity to change the situation so attend to the important things in life as soon as possible.

‘Now’ is a continuous present. Peter could say, “To God be the glory both now and forever” because God promises us His presence for all of time as well as eternity (2 Pet 3:18). The promise of Jesus is, "I will be with you always, [through the Holy Spirit] to the very end of the age" – then we will be in His presence forever in contrast to those who are not believers (Mt 28:30; 1 Cor 6:19; 2 Thes 1:9).

See also: delay, future, past, present, procrastination.