TODAY DOES MATTER!
THE FUTURE IS NEVER TOMORROW IT IS ALWAYS TODAY! (Matthew 6:34; Luke 12:35-40; James 4:13-17)
THE FUTURE = the time yet to come
Is NOW (TODAY) at this present moment of time, in the events that are unfolding on the real- time stage of human history. There are only two days and one hour in God’s economy, TODAY AND THAT HOUR and THAT DAY AND HOUR. (Proverbs 1:20-33; Matthew 25:1-13; Luke 12:40; Hebrews 3:7-14)
THE HOUR WITHIN THE HOUR
The 33 years that our Lord Jesus lived on this earth was lived toward ONE HOUR of time (John 12:23-28) Just as the Lord Jesus we are to live our lives on this earth toward ONE HOUR of time. OUR HOUR is the consummation of HIS HOUR. (Luke 12:40; John 14:1-3)
Your FUTURE is the fruit of your TODAY or NOW Don’t let your choices TODAY darken THAT DAY.
If you are not PREPARED for the coming of Christ TODAY, NOW, at this moment. You will not be READY (in position) in THAT DAY AND HOUR. (Preparedmeans to be fit, adjusted, and set in order.) To be set in order is to be living a Balanced Christian Life.
A balanced Christian life is one that is lived in REMEMBRANCE of the cost that Jesus paid to redeem our lives from destruction. It is being forever mindful of the greatness of the sacrifice. It is constantly calling to mind our condition when Christ died, remembering that we were enemies of God because of sin, cut off from the life of God, damned and sentenced to hell for eternity. And worst of all: we were completely helpless to do anything about it. (1 Corinthians 11:24-26; Isaiah 53:4,5,10; Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 2:11-13)
In gratitude we are to LIVE A GODLY LIFE, which means that we are to live reverently, loyally, and obediantly before God and man. (Matthew 5:16; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 1:13-16; 2:11,12) We are to FAITHFULLY SHARE IN THE LORD’S WORK in a manner that is worthy to be believed. Pursuing Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the souls of men, women, and children should consume our lives. (Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 5:15-16) And lastly, we are to be living EXPECTINGLY, preoccuppied with, fixated on, watching, waiting, longing, looking for, and loving the Lord’s appearing, which is the blessed hope of the believer. (Matthew 25:13; Luke 21:34-36; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 5:6; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28)
LIVING THE LIFE, WORKING THE EARTH, WATCHING THE SKY!
Burn this in your brain: If you are not prepared (fit, adjusted and set in order) NOW, you will not be READY (in position) to be satisfied on THAT DAY AND HOUR. Satisfaction is the fulfillment of a longing. Whatever your preoccupation, fixation, and longing is NOW it will be on THAT DAY AND THAT HOUR .
The Lord Jesus warned us; that as it was in the day of Noah, it would be so at His coming. In Noah’s day, people were so absorbed with the things of this life, that they were utterly unprepared when the time of judgment came. (Matthew 24:36-39; cf. Lot’s day Luke 17:26-30. See also Genesis chapters 6,7,19)
The real question is this: If you knew exactly what DAY AND HOUR the Lord was to return, how would you be living on that day and hour? How do you know that it won’t be TODAY/NOW? (Luke 12:40. Read Luke chapter 12)