A great hotel publishes a little booklet of chatter for its guests. Whoever prepared it needed a line to fill up space and inserted this sen­tence: "On the great clock of time there is but one word - NOW." The hotel probably thought the phrase was a good one for salesmen who need to be about their business, and a good maxim for others who are likely to let important matters slip.

Every sinner should realize that this time is going by most rapidly. "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II CORINTHIANS 6:2). The sinner must realize that NOW is not only the single word on the clock of time; it is also the word on the door of eternity. Fail to enter in while you have NOW to do it, and you will find that the door is closed to you forever.

“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was first declared by the Lord, and attested to us by those who heard...” (Heb. 2:3)

1. Why is NOW so important for the believer?

2. What NOW things are you putting off in your walk with the Lord?

3. What and how shoulder older believers in the church encourage NOW thinking among younger believers?

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