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The importance of today…

One thing I like about reading people’s books, is seeing the scripture inside them, although many do not quote them. I’m reading a book currently which places much emphasis on TODAY. The whole book in its essence is centred around biblical principles which the Bible forewarned thousands of years ago. The importance of today should be ample in your minds, other the years, people have taken their stock out of today and placed their stock in tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t promised but today is, we are not entitled to get carried away justly, as one tomorrow will never come at some point. We can never say today will not come because we’re here, MAKE THE MOST OF IT…

The first piece of text I want to refer to is from the words of Jesus, after teaching the people many wise lessons, he highlighted to us which day was the most important. “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.” Tomorrow is something Jesus said here we should take NO thought for, why do you think he would say that? I believe Jesus knew people would do what they have done today in regards to value. They have devalued today (which is the most important), and raised tomorrow. Today alone is enough to change the world. Jesus changed things for eternity by deciding to go through with one day of his life. Many days of being obedient, compounded for Jesus into the ultimate day of obedience. His first day being obedient was not the greatest, it was the last day.

The next piece of text I want to refer to is from the book of James, the Lord’s brother. James urged people to not think vainly about the future but to see that is was God who should determine future things. “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James is going even further here and highlighting some people’s today as the problem. For many, people are focused on the wrong thing today, wasting time on trivial actions, wasting time with trivial people and so forth. This makes them do the wrong thing daily and they ultimately remain in that cycle.

Lastly, lets look at some text from Hebrews, which although is in the New Testament, highlights an Old Testament event. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” Exhorting each other today is the only day which is promised for exhortation. In one day which is referred to as the provocation here, the children of Israel did a terrible crime, not only were they not mindful of today, they focused on the negative parts of their past. This was dangerous and kept a whole generation from entering into their great wealth.

 

Justice

David was a man from small beginnings. The youngest of eight children, he was a shepherd, who had stories to tell of his courage, only to be told when he would ascend to the heights. If you actually read about David and his dealings, you realise quite early why God loved David so much. He was a likeable character it seems, a man of justice, one who would not do things on his own desires but firmly stood by the fact vengeance was God’s alone.

This is the kind of character God could work with and ascend to much stature. Where Saul would make things his way and ultimately fail as king, David was different and understood who anointed him. While David followed these principles, he flourished and grew. When justice and equity left David, he stole another man’s wife, murdered a man in an act of injustice and started to be problematic. David soon remembered where he had came from and quickly resorted back to serving his maker.

Justice comes from God.  

 

God of the future, for the present man

The best thing potentially about God is perhaps his omnipresent nature. This means he valuable to those who know him intimately. For someone needing foresight, he can prove very useful. For example, Genesis 31 begins with Jacob discussing how God had favoured him and given him much of the substance of Laban. He proceeds to tell the story of  how God by a dream instructed him of his blessings. This was something he knew before he even spoke to Laban about deciding his wages. God is past, present and future for us. He is whatever we need him to be. God instructed Jacob to pick the right cattle and he also told Jacob to go back to his homeland at the right time also. The present man Jacob was blessed with future awareness and this excelled him in his circumstance. I can testify of many times the god of the future has testified to me of things oncoming and how this gave me the opportunity to position myself in great stead.

We see these occurrences timely in the scripture and time and time again. The believer should also be able to testify of these things because God is just portraying his nature when he does so.

Moving on to another piece of text, lets use Joseph who was in prison as a case study. A few chapters on in Genesis 41, we see how from being in prison one day, the next he was the governor of the Egyptians. God had showed the people a dream and he was the only man found able to unlock the code from God. Everywhere but Egypt was famished and this made Egypt the place to be. People would come, increasing the demand for bread, meaning the price went up. Joseph, through God’s leading, positioned himself and the nation under his government in the best possible position. The God of the future helped the present man and took him from poverty and imprisonment, to wealth, respect and riches.

Jacob and his son Joseph both had intimate relationships with God and it was made known through there actions and their harvest.

 

Watching the transition

You begin to read the Old Testament in the Bible and you start to discover how powerful Jesus is. You are then able to see how much He actually changed (even though the changes were so small). The book of Hebrews shows us how God had witnessed so many great people and him having a better plan, knew those coming under Christ’s’ reign and covenant would have a better promise and would seal those righteous of the past. The book of Hebrews does a good job differentiating between the two times and also puts you in remembrance of how powerful these people were. All this to show how great we have it now.

The level to which we are reliant on God has changed dramatically. This is not to say we don’t need God, far from it. The point I make now is, God sent his Son in order to break certain barriers which were present before. Now Jesus wanted to leave his followers with power, power which would rest on us if we allowed him to. Something which we could speak out and confess and see. This is like the Rod of God Moses carried around. He went to meet God with the rod he carried, and the Bible then starts referring to it as the Rod of  God later. We know it to be the mind of Christ, the Spirit which was leading Jesus. Jesus imparted this to as many as believed on his name. Now we can do so much through the Spirit, in the name of Jesus. We liken this to a tap with unlimited amount of flowing water, we are the only one’s who have the ability to affect the water-flow.

Prayers are now much different, although we search the same source for power. 

 

The eternal vocation

Reading recently has brought me to a place. I’ve been thinking long and hard about how long this service to God goes? If this service goes beyond life on earth then it is an eternal vocation. Serve God for eternity. I asked myself this question this morning “Why do we place things in front of what is important?” It was complimented by the song I was listening to who was saying their are so many distractions.

Recently God has been showing me that we create the distractions. God told his people in the Old Testament to serve him alone and not to serve over God’s. what he was saying may be taken any number of ways, What God was saying was focus on me at all times. When someone begins to focus on others his eyes can no longer be on God. God created us physically in a way that we can only focus all our attention on one thing at a time. we are not able to focus on something to the left of us and still show the same focus on something to the right. We make decisions to listen to him, or bear the inevitable consequence. The road to Christ is thin, it is a thin road because individuals walk it not groups. 

I’m no longer allowing other distractions from standing in my path. We have the ability and the power to walk through anything standing in the way of our relationships with God. God never instructed to put anything away which we couldn’t did he?

Focus on God and nothing else.