We live in a fast-paced world that deals with timelines of tomorrow. We prepare for events to come, put money aside for the vacation to come and live every moment as if today doesn’t even exist! We need to slow down and enjoy today because we are living a lie when we are living for tomorrow.
God never promised any of us a tomorrow here on earth. In Psalm 118:24 we read, “This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” In it! We are to rejoice and be glad in today. This is the only day we have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow hasn’t come yet. Today is what we have.
The concerns for tomorrow often bring us stress, anxiety, and worry. Our minds get so focussed that we totally forget the value of this very day that we’re living in—today. This mindset steals from us the ability to be who God created us to be today. And it also steals from us the ability to care for others and to love others as we should do today.
- Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.—Matthew 6:34
We cannot be the light today that Jesus told us to be in Matthew 5:14 when we don’t plan to ignite our candle until tomorrow. And we won’t be the salt of the earth today that Jesus talked about in Matthew 5:13 if we don’t plan to sprinkle the savor until tomorrow. In fact, for many of us, today will just be a waste of time because, in our minds, we won’t start living until tomorrow comes. And the irony of that theory is that as long as this world has existed, tomorrow has not yet ever come.
It’s true that within our jobs and our home we have schedules so we can plan events for future days. This is wise so we can be prepared. In fact, we’re told in Psalm 90:12 to be wise with our time and cherish it. And so, for these things, we must be prepared in advance. But these are physical activities.
Unfortunately, many Christians treat their walk with God the same way. They put God’s will off until tomorrow instead of doing it today. They plan to seek Him when they retire or read the Bible when they’re on vacation, or witness to people on those special occasions—but not today. They don’t realize that the stranger they bumped into today may be living his last day on this earth today and that sharing the gospel with him and leading him to Jesus has to happen now! It cannot be put off until tomorrow.
Too many of us choose to please ourselves now with the full intention of getting to God’s matters later. But later never comes! The devil is the one who plants those thoughts in our heads to put God off, and he works hard to ensure that we keep putting God off. He wants people to die lost. He wants God’s children to forget about Him. Read what happened to the rich man.
Yes, works. We are not saved by our works, but our faith is proved through our works—James 2:18. The ministry that God has given to each of us begins at home with our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, store keepers, and strangers. These people won’t learn about Jesus unless Christians tell them through their own testimonies, encouragement, sharing the gospel, and through prayer. These are the works that we do in the name of the Lord.
- How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? —Romans 10:14-15.
And who is a preacher? Jesus said in Mark 16:15 that He has called us all to preach the gospel. He has appointed leaders, shepherds, to watch over each individual congregation of people, but it’s the commission of every single Christian within those congregations to share the gospel of Jesus with everyone around them today! Not tomorrow.
We don’t know if we have a tomorrow to wake up to. We do know, though, that Jesus is going to return soon! And when He comes, time will end, and our opportunity to work will be over.
We need to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength today (Mark 12:30-31), and we need to love others with that same love—today. We need to expect answers to prayer today! We need to always praise Him and be filled with His joy today! This is the only day we have!
Let’s not put off to that ellusive tomorrow what we know is ours today.
- His Lord said unto him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”—Matthew 25:21
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