”Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow lights for fools the way to dusty death.” ~Shakespeare
“Please don’t say anything to me about tomorrow. Tomorrow is the word the Bible does not know. If you can find me any place in the Scriptures where the Holy Spirit of God says ‘tomorrow.’ I will step down from this pulpit and never step into it, or any other pulpit, for as long as I live. The Holy Spirit’s word is the word ‘today.'” ~ Bruce Thielemann
We just completed session four in our “not a fan” book/DVD study. The key passage was Luke 9:57-62 where Jesus calls three different people to follow Him but each has something else to do first. They want to follow Him, but not right now. Maybe tomorrow. The second one, for instance, wanted to wait until his parents grew old and died and he collected his inheritance. Then he’d follow. The third one wanted to get his party on first.
What about us? After work isn’t so demanding, I’ll follow. When I’ve got my financial ducks in a row, maybe then. Once I’ve sowed my wild oats and settle down, then I’ll follow. But God says the time is now. He says, today if you hear His voice…
I’ve wasted a good many “today’s” because I said, “tomorrow.” Life is short—a breath. In Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper says:
“We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. . . . .Life is wasted is we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. . . . The opposite of wasting your life is living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion. the well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us. . . .What a tragic waste when people turn away from the Calvary road of love and suffering. All the riches of the glory of God in Christ are on that road. All the sweetest fellowship with Jesus is there. All the treasures of assurance. All the ecstasies of joy. All the clearest sightings of eternity. All the noblest camaraderie. All the humblest affections. All the most tender acts of forgiving kindness. All the deepest discoveries of God’s Word. All the most earnest prayers. They are all on the Calvary road where Jesus walks with his people. Take up your cross and follow Jesus. On this road, and this road alone, life is Christ and death is gain. Life on every other road is wasted.”
My prayer is to be a “today person” and remove ‘tomorrow’ from my thoughts and words. To not look back on the second half of my life and feel that it was wasted. Amen.