Now or Later

September 4, 2021

…and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:11

Written by Betty Wiseman from the Brentwood Campus

A Sweet, Sweet Sound

Whether it be several voices or one lone voice, the sound of people saying yes to Christ—proclaiming Jesus as Savior and Lord—is the ultimate music to my ears! I can honestly say that nothing compares to those moments in my life. Voices exclaiming, “Jesus, I believe… Forgive me… Be my Savior and Lord… I want to live my life for You!” make me smile just thinking about it. Whether it happens now or later, we will each have a confession to make.

Philippians 2:11 tells us of the day when “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” One group of humanity will confess Jesus as Lord and Savior with great joy. The other group will be forced to confess Him as Lord and Judge, but they will remain under His condemnation. “Every” includes heaven, earth, and under the earth—both the living and the dead, blessed and condemned. Believer and sinner alike will bow down and confess His Lordship! All people will proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and will submit to Him.


More Than Mere Salvation

The work of salvation is so much greater and broader than simply the salvation of a lost soul, as wonderful as that is. As Ephesians 1 tells us, our salvation has as its ultimate purpose in the glory of God. We may not see that glory today, but we will see it when Jesus comes and rewards His faithful servants. Like Matthew 5:18 proclaims, we are called to be like Christ, to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good deeds and bring glory to our Father in heaven.

So believe this: there is coming a time when every nation and every tribe, in all languages of the world, will proclaim in one glorious chorus that Jesus is Lord! Whether it be now or later, recognizing Jesus as Lord is inevitable! This understanding should give us a sense of urgency to live “on mission,” looking for opportunities to have gospel conversations.



Now What?

Take a moment to consider what it would look like to really live your life on mission. Reflect on your priorities—are they centered on God’s glory reaching the unreached? Pray for opportunities to share the good news of the gospel and for more gospel conversations to take place in your circles of influence.

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