Today

Today, Matt. 6:34

Jay Taylor

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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?

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