'Be very careful, then, how you live.' Ephesians 5:15 NIV
‘You only live once.’ It’s easy to be cynical about this and other nice t–shirt slogans like: ‘Live for today’, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, ‘carpe diem’ and all that other stuff. But, hold up, maybe there’s something in this whole ‘seize the day’ business that we shouldn’t so casually dismiss it. Ecclesiastes 9:9 NIV says: ‘Enjoy life with your wife.’ Now THAT we can see on a t–shirt (mainly because it rhymes). But it goes on to say: ‘For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun.’ Wow. Not so t–shirt friendly after all? There’s some meaty stuff behind the message. In Luke 9:62 NIV, a man says, ‘I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replies, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.’ There’s a ‘seize the day’ message if ever there was one. Maybe you’ve noticed: any Instagram–filtered–poster–pic type slogans that we can grab from the Bible tend to be paired with some real kickers. They’re not just nice platitudes or motivational quips. Yes, God is all for the ‘seize the day’ mentality, but look again at the reason. Because we can’t put God’s Kingdom off until later. We have to be prepared to step up today. To make today (and the direction of our lives) more about God than ourselves, to serve in whatever immediate way we can. Don’t put it off. Simple. Choose one little thing you can do today that will grow God’s Kingdom. Go for it.
SoulFood: Ezra 1-2, Mark 1:9-20, Ps 78:1-8, Prov 19:21-23
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd