Monday, May 19, 2008

Is it tomorrow, yet?

This post excerpted from For Your Names' Sake,
Chapter 7 - Today:

by John D Ramsey

Claire is home-schooled, and the question about socializing with peers arises occasionally. I do not reply with a schedule of Claire’s social activities; regardless of how much time she spends with kids, she spends more time with adults. My answer to people is simply this; we spend most of our lives relating to adults (because we all grow up). What is more important, learning to relate to your childhood peers or learning to relate to adults? Likewise, our eternity will be infinitely longer than our lives on earth. Upon what should we be focusing? Where would we prefer to be comfortable, here or there?

When Daniel was a little guy, he was always fascinated by what was happening tomorrow. Consequently, he would always be asking, “Is it tomorrow, yet?” It puzzled him that the answer was always, “No, not yet.” Time still confuses us, but eventually we will not worry about time.

Hebrews 4 explains that God appointed a holy day for the children of Israel, the Sabbath day. It was a day during which they were to acknowledge their Creator. For us there is also an appointed day during which we, too, acknowledge our Creator. If we think that day is Sunday, then our odds of being correct are 14.29%. The writer of Hebrews says, “Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’”[1]

The writer of Hebrews also says, “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”[2] No, Daniel, it is not tomorrow yet. Today is the day we have. Today is the day that God has appointed to us. Today matters. We look forward to Jesus return when we will enter eternity where there is no longer a today or tomorrow as we measure time; but Today is when we must respond.

Claire, when worrying about what might happen on Valentine’s Day, declared so very wisely, “Valentine’s is a day for giving something other than beef.” No one is sure what she meant, but her conviction was genuine. Likewise, Today is a day for living for something other than our selfish desires. Today is the day to acknowledge our Creator and Redeemer. Today is the day we die to self and live for him. Today is the day we encourage one another in him. Just as God commanded Israel to remember their Creator each Sabbath, so we, too, remember him Today.

[1] Hebrews 4:7 (NIV)
[2] Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

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