It’s called Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason. One could quickly conclude that the author might be suggesting that we can arrive at a thought or place before God is able or capable of arriving or thinking a particular thought we had. Paul David Tripp writes in the foreword of this book what we are all wondering when we hear the title of this book,
“We can’t ever beat God to the punch. He is in control. He is sovereign. He always is the one who initiates our relationship with Him. Isn’t the Bible the origin-to-destiny storyof how God in grace has beat us to the punch? There is something about this phrase that just doesn’t seem right.” (pg. xiv)
To understand what is meant of the title, you must understand what this “punch” is? What is it that is going to happen one day to all of us? Is there something that we can be prepared for now that we won’t be forced to do later in life?
Answer: yes. Paul writes this in Philippians 2:9-11,
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
You see, one day everyone – whether they have acknowledged it or not, will acknowledge Jesus as Lord. This is not a salvific acknowledge but an intellectual one. Everyone will come to realize who Jesus is, even though they may not be saved.
Beating God to the punch means confessing Him as Lord now before you are forced to later. Mason writes,
“This is a reality, that all will bow to Jesus. By implication, we have the option to bow by choice, or to bow by force. This reality extends to our whole life. willfully bowing to Jesus now – rather than later – is the option we have in our everyday life. the preaching of the gospel is the invitation – a free offer, an urgent call, to bow now, by choice.” (pg. 1)
Don’t wait to be forced to bow! If you get to that point, it’s too late to enjoy the eternal joy and fellowship with those who acknowledge His Lordship in their lifetime (II Thessalonians 1:9).