I love to talk about future events. You can read many of my blogs that look at the return of Jesus and some of the things that may lead up to that.
Before you can reach the future you have to make it through today.
Today is a very important day but it is harder to see today when we are looking at tomorrow.
And worrying about tomorrow is to be unhappy today.
What does the Bible say about today?
For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.'” Ps 95:7-11
Listening to God must be done today.
It is today that He wants you to be in His will. You can’t put off to tomorrow what God is asking you to do today!
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you— so you will trust in the Lord. Prov 22:17-19
Learning about God needs to be done today.
I was the world’s worse when it came to putting off doing school work. I could be given a month to hand in a report and I would try and write it the night before it was due.
How much more relaxed and stress free I could have been if I had learned about the subject and done it early.
Don’t you want to know about the One that gave His life for you?
Wouldn’t you like to know what the pastor is talking about?
Then learn today!
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. Prov 27:1
Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matt 6:34
Living for God is not done tomorrow or next week – it is done today. I remember a story about a man that went to church and felt convicted of his sin. The pastor talked to him about it and asked if he wanted to be saved.
The man said he did but had some things to take care of first. He would come back next week.
After a week he returned back to church and listened to the sermon.
Again the pastor approached him after the service and asked if he wanted to be saved.
The man said that he didn’t. He was no longer bothered by his sin.
He missed an opportunity to accept Jesus as Savior.
Perhaps he just wanted one more big fling with his friends.
I never had any of my friends say to me, “Lets get drunk and party hardy tonight and tomorrow we’ll all go down to the church and get saved!”
Instead it’s more like what is written in Isaiah; “Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party. Let’s all get drunk. Then tomorrow we’ll do it again and have an even bigger party!” Isa 56:12
Living for God must be done today!
Finally, today is also the best day to show the love of God to others.
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Prov 3:28
Just as much as the man in the previous story wasted time in accepting Jesus as Savior, you can waste time in telling someone about Jesus.
I have been guilty of not taking time to minister to someone.
I’ve met people that ask me to pray for them and instead of doing it right then and there, I would say “I’ll mention you at church and we’ll all pray for you!”
Imagine having someone ask for prayer on Monday and being told that the church would pray for them on Wednesday.
Then they die on Tuesday!
You have the ability to minister to someone today! You cannot put them off until tomorrow.
“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.”
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Cor 6:2