Monday, May 31, 2010

Tomorrow or Not?

Here is a question to ponder.

How would your life be different if you knew the exact day and time that you were going to die?

Would it be significantly different if you know that you were going to die 30 years from today? What about if you knew that you were done one exactly one week from today?

Thinking about death is quite uncomfortable for most of us. The problem with this, as I see it, is that most of us live like we are going to live forever but we carry around attitudes like we are going to die at any moment.

So let's deal with this issue for just a moment.

Mankind is the only of all of God's creation that lives with an arrogant expectation about "tomorrow". Not only do we expect tomorrow we have plans and programs that extend well past tomorrow.

Some morning when you awaken early, listen to the sounds around you. Before the sun has reached the horizon, the birds are already excitedly chattering about the new day! Each day when the sun sets on the western horizon, much of creation has no idea or expectation that they will ever see it again.

The raw truth is harsh: no where are we ever promised "tomorrow"!

Perhaps the world would begin to notice if God's redeemed began to live like today is the only thing that mattered!

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you,

O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

It appears that Jesus knew of our predisposition toward "tomorrow". He called us, O you of little faith.

You see, it takes absolutely no faith to worry about tomorrow. It is so natural and so easy that most of the entire world does it!

So let me ask you: now that you know what are you going to do about this?

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