Live for Today?

Recently I read a very good, short piece on making the most of each day by someone I think of as a man of the world. If he knows the Lord, I’m not aware of it. Nonetheless, his thoughts concur with sentiments expressed in Scripture.

We must make the most of today because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to us. It’s not about the idea that we should “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” No, that’s an attitude without hope beyond today.

James, Paul and Jesus Himself each give us guidance on how to live for today because each today affects our tomorrow.

James 4:13-17
13. 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:
14. 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.
15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Ephesians 5:15-17
15. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Matthew 6:19-21, 33-34
19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…
33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34. 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.

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