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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

21 Jan

‎”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.

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in God's Word, Priorities, Purpose, The Cross, The Journey

 

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6 responses to “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

  1. juliemoore

    January 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Today is the day. if i concentrate on yesterday or tomorrow i won’t get anywhere but frustrated and worried. Thanks for the words of encouragement to push ahead and live in the moment of today.

     
    • AmySioux

      January 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      You speak the truth, dear friend! “Yesterday” is also a potential snare. Thanks for the reminder!!

       
  2. Chris

    January 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Bruce Thielemann was a dear friend of my father’s. and I’ve had the privilege of hearing him preach. In the sermon from which this quote comes, Bruce tells the story of the devil asking three demons how they will claim the soul of a certain man. The first says he will temp him with riches. The second says he will tempt him with the flesh. The third says he will tell him to wait until tomorrow. And to the third one, satan says, “Go!”

     
    • AmySioux

      January 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Very compelling and good to remember! I struggle with procrastination, so this was a timely word for me once again. Thanks, Chris!

       
  3. Mark Imel

    September 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    The concept of following Jesus today is important. However, concerning the statement from Bruce Thielemann about the word tomorrow not being in the Bible is not true. The word tomorrow is found many times in the Bible. Jesus used this word. It is important to be prompt when we follow the Lord.

     
    • AmySioux

      September 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Mark. Yes, by all means the word “tomorrow” appears many times in the Bible. Matthew 6:34 is a great example. However if I understand Mr. Thielemann in this quote, he is specifically referring to the Holy Spirit. I love your final sentence — “It is important to be prompt when we follow the Lord.” Amen!

       

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