The past few Sundays, we’ve talked about how nothing we have is really ours and because it’s all God’s, we should be willing to give to the Lord. This truth is the why of managing well what we’ve been given. So, what does the how look like? I think that starts with Today.
Here is the great thing about today: you can only live in it.
You can never live in yesterday again. It’s gone.
You will never live in tomorrow because today is always here. It never goes away.
Today you will go to bed, fall asleep, wake up again, and it will be… you guessed it… today. We live in today. This is the reality of life.
When it comes to finances, and really everything we manage, are we living in today or are we trying to live in yesterday? Are we living in today or are we trying to live in tomorrow?
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. – Proverbs 27:1
It’s really kind of foolish to try to live any day other than today. It’s almost like we think we can defy the rules of time in the way we approach stewardship. “I once had a budget and honored God with my income,” is way different than, “Today I didn’t buy the thing I wanted because it would make me over budget and I would be tempted to not give back to God.” The same as “I will give more next month so I can have this now,” is way different than “I can’t afford it now. I will save and trust God will provide what I need when I need it.”
We often get caught looking to the future for what we want today or looking at how we once acted in the past to justify today’s behavior.
Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34).
When we aren’t living in today, we aren’t trusting God for tomorrow. And often when we live in the past, we are building on what we did instead of remembering what God did for us. If we stay focused on the day at hand, today, we can seize the opportunities God has for us in the moment.
It is the same with our finances. I can honor God and stay focused on using them for His glory if I’m not worried about what I don’t have yet for tomorrow.
Let’s all use today well. And when tomorrow becomes today, we will do it all over again trusting God and doing it for his glory instead of our own.