The word "today" should be an important word to the child of God. Yesterday
becomes part of the past with every sunset and tomorrow is not a guarantee.
Yet, many believers consume hours dwelling on the past or worrying about the
future. Their focus should be on "today."
During the great mountain sermon, Jesus concluded His teaching about worry by
saying, "therefore do not worry about tomorrow..." (Matthew 6:34). James adds
that it is boastful and arrogant to assume the existence of unborn tomorrows.
He then reminds us that we "do not know what will happen tomorrow" (James
4:14-16). We quickly see that today is the most important
day of our lives. All of our focus and energy should be directed to the
present day. We need to live our lives in such a manner that realizes that
eternity could begin today! Eternity could begin today. What should I be
today? What should my life consist of? What should I do with my time today?
Today, I will live with an awareness of God. How long has it been? Hours?
Days? Weeks? When was the last time you thought about God? Today, I do not
want to just have a passing thought of Him. I want to live in such a way that
I am aware of Him at all times. The godly person acknowledges God in all that
he does. He sees God in creation. He speaks to God through prayer.
He reads God's word. He loves God. He recognizes God as the source of every
good and perfect gift. God comes first in all his/her thoughts and actions.
Today, I will be pure in heart. We are surrounded by attitudes, thoughts, and
actions that are not pure. The child of God must flee from them. Jesus said
that the pure in heart will see God (Matthew 5:8). That is what we desire and
live for. We want to see God and spend eternity in His presence. I must be
pure in heart if that is my desire. Therefore, today, I will set nothing
wicked before my eyes (Ps. 101:3). Today, I will set my mind on things above
(Col. 3:2). Today, I will think on those things that are true, noble, just,
pure, lovely and of good report (Phil. 4:8). Today, I will resist temptation.
Today, I will hate sin.
Today, I will teach someone about Jesus Christ. God has blessed me with every
spiritual blessing in Christ. Today, I will bring that message of hope to
others. The group of people we refer to as "others" are all around us. They
are next door and down the road. We see them at the grocery store every week.
They deliver our mail and pick up the trash. I want to bring others to Jesus
Christ. Today, I will pray for courage and wisdom to do that. Today, I will
look forward to Christ's return. He is coming again! What a thrilling thought!
We will be like Him and see Him as He is on that day when He is revealed (1
John. 3:2). Eternity will begin on that day. Today, I will live like Him and
anticipate His return. I will be compassionate, kind, merciful, gracious, slow
to anger, touched over the infirmities of others, ready to rejoice, and
loving. What will you do today?
By Jay Taylor
From Expository Files 16.9; September 2009