There is Always Tomorrow, Right?

           The temptation to hold off until tomorrow can be very hard to kick. Regardless of what we are trying to push off is considered good or bad, the Bible stresses the importance of accomplishing what we can today. James 4:13-14 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Many times the reality that tomorrow is not certain (let alone the next few minutes) doesn’t hit us until we experience loss. So then, why do we wait?

            Although there can be many explanations as to why people wait, only each person knows the individual reasons that hold them back. However, God is urging us to act. Proverbs 6:1-says, “My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

            God wants His children to act righteously. Therefore, we also need to consider the way in which we take action. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Jesus explains that obedience to God’s truth hinges on two important principles:

  1. To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
  2.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:28-34)

Right now we have to choose how we will act. By choosing to put our faith in God’s love, we are setting our path toward righteousness. We do not know what the future will bring, but if we want our actions now to be filled with unyielding compassion, then there is only one choice.