Tomorrow, today will be yesterday
Come now, you who say today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:13,14
Life is a gift from God and compared to the realm of eternity, relatively short. God’s promise is 70 years, 80 if you are strong, but even if you break 100 it is still at best a vapor. Here today and gone tomorrow.
The point of the matter is this, how have you spent your time on the planet and what will you have to show for it when you reach the end of your life?
How much was invested in the kingdom of God, and how much did you stuff into the bank for a cozy retirement? Will you be rewarded at the end for your labor in God’s vineyard or will you suffer loss at the judgment?
God has been teaching me to live in the day without regret for yesterday, nor worry for tomorrow and it is very challenging to live in the moment.
Most of us strive to stay on the treadmill of everyday life, always concerned about tomorrow but never really enjoying today.
Until I reached 60, I had absolutely no concern for the future, thinking I was bullet proof and then one day I was walking past the place where I grew up and my eyes were opened.
A lady was walking up our old driveway and I asked her about the people who lived in our old place and she said they were nice folks and their daughter had grown up there and that was the wake up call, suddenly it hit me, I hadn’t lived there in almost 40 years and now I finally realized I was approaching 70 years of age!
It’s funny how we imagine that we are still young until we see old classmates or childhood friends and how old they look when we are expecting them to look like they did 50 years ago.
“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15
Jesus tells a parable about a certain rich man whose fields yielded plentiful crops adding greatly to his wealth, and his plan was to expand by building bigger barns to store them in.
Like most folks we are taught to get all you can, and can all you get and so it was with the rich farmer, that is until God required his soul from him.
Steve Jobs, the billionaire entrepreneur who recently died, seemed to be spiritually bankrupt at the end of his life not having prepared for eternity. Throughout history men have attained great wealth and treasure only to leave their riches to children who end up squandering their assets and so as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, all is vanity.
At the age of 25 my dad died and left me the family fortune, business, land, houses, all paid for with cash in the bank, but like most spoiled brats I had my eye on sex, drugs and rock and roll!
I lived to party and party I did. It didn’t take me long to waste thousands of dollars on new cars, houses and things that didn’t amount to a hill of beans and in the end leaving me broke, busted and disgusted.
When the business began to take a nose dive because of my inexperience and neglect, I asked my older brother to come in and help me save the ship before it sank into the depths of bankruptcy.
Upon his arrival he took the leadership roll and promptly cut my salary which in turn cramped my lifestyle of the rich and famous.
Needless to say I sold out for pennies on the dollar and ended up next door in a vacant lot cutting scrap metal, a hopeless alcoholic and addicted to thousands of dollars of cocaine.
Thirty-three-years-old in the pig-pen of humanity, cutting scrap metal, spiritually lost and desperate for help of any kind and God sent a man to my house who told me about Jesus and I gave my life to Him and became a born again Christian.
Set free from drugs and a brand new creation, I entered the local church and began to learn of God’s ways and quickly gave my life in service to Him and went into full time ministry.
My brother has a saying, “Too soon old, too late smart” and he is exactly right because sometimes it takes years to obtain wisdom and to realize that we are indeed just a vapor that at the blink of God’s eyes disappears into eternity. So where is your treasure, and what have you stored up for eternal life? Its not too late to repent of selfish independent living and give yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ and allow Him to take the reins and lead you into His perfect will. As long as your breathing and upright there is hope for your eternal future!
“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20,21