Everyday you wake up and it’s today. You don’t get a re-do on yesterday and you never wake up in tomorrow. Granted, tomorrow became today, but you get the idea, right? Every time we wake up, we get the chance to live in a fresh new today.
But isn’t it common to want to live in yesterday or to anticipate tomorrow and miss out on today?
I think this happens in our spiritual life as well.
When we live out this new life we have in Christ (remember, you are saved by grace through faith! see Ephesians 2:8), we should look to the past with thankfulness for forgiveness of sins, mercy, love, judgment removed, and debt paid. Knowing what God has given us is important, but it isn’t enough. We can’t simply look at what has happened and say, “Okay. I’m good to go now.” We still have today to live.
And, likewise, we know what future has been promised to us by God; namely, eternity with Him. That will be an incredible time! I personally am super excited to spend eternity with the Creator of the universe, the One who paid for the sins I couldn’t pay for. Eternity will come, but it will come “tomorrow.” In the meantime, we still have to live in today.
Today God is working on you. Today, when work is hard and the kids aren’t listening, God is making you more like Christ. See, He gave you forgiveness of sins (yesterday) and promises eternity with Him (tomorrow), but He also promised He would change you a little each day (today). This process is called sanctification, a big fancy word for making you less like you and more like Christ.
In 2 Peter 1:3, we see, by God’s power, we have been given “everything we need for living a Godly life.” He designed life so we would learn, be taught by Him through Scripture and the Holy Spirit. He was our example and He wants us to emulate Him. Philippians 1:6 says, “I am certain that God, who began a good work with in you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
This is where our hope for today is located! Our future hope is founded in today.
We serve a God who is concerned with our yesterday, today and tomorrow and not just one or the other. So, we too should be concerned with today. And if He is giving you opportunity to be made like Christ today, may you humbly walk knowing today you live in your future hope. I pray you experience His grace and presence today as He transforms you into the image of Christ.