Does God want us TO LIVE FOR THE MOMENT?
Always Hoped For & Often Planned: Never to be Seen!
Why an ever-expected force (the future) exerts power over the here-and-now
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Why does there seem to be such a contrasting wide-divide between what God and man focus on and emphasize through perceived importance? Because there is [Isaiah 55:8]! Let's look to what the Creator of TIME (space, matter, emotion, and LOVE) itself says about how we should spend and invest ours. In this surface-scratching examination we'll see the the vast gulf of God's unchanging wisdom and the infectiously malleable motives of man clearly illustrated; to the end of any accept course-correction necessary as we race through and beyond today toward an eventual (inevitable) eternity...
There's an OBVIOUS overarching, prevalent and pervasive theme that penetrates the deepest levels of our cultural condition. This festering felt-needs self-worship false idea of 'live for the moment YOLO' has produced a vast heaping Lordless landfill of evidencing examples atop the garbage pile in forms of suicide, hopelessness, abortion, sexual deviance + disease, and the omnipresent reality that pop-society is deconstructing the church and rapidly rebuilding in it's own golden image. Our Just do it! world.
Chew on this gristle-y food-for-thought while considering the desires of minds and hearts: What do millionaires want? More millions. What do people with 10 cars and 100 pairs of shoes want? More cars and shoes. What do celebrities with worldwide fame want? More fame and applause (and an Oscar for good measure). What do champion athletes want? More championship trophies (see ya l8tr LeBron, don't spend that hundred-and-who-cares million all at once in your next rotating-door city + jersey). What do people with Jesus want? MORE JESUS (if they let Jesus have THEM)! He's the only pursuit that will leave you elated rather than deflated. In fact, like ALL things worth thinking on, let's see what the Bible has to say about the "religionship" with our sovereign Saviour...as you might accurately expect, God's Word has a LOT to share on God's worship (we're already pretty darn good at all other forms of worship)!
1 Chronicles 16:11 - Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
Psalms 119:10 - With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
James 4:8 - Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Lamentations 3:25 - The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Psalms 119:2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
The above list could grow out of control zero-to-100 REAL QUICK (and has, it's called the Bible) but as a brief overture we clearly see a developed theme to seek God with an urgent sense of impassioned priority, in an ongoing daily pattern to cleanse and renew our minds. In a similar fashion, we don't (and shouldn't) come to 'know of God' from an intellectual posture. Knowing God vs. knowing of Him leads many believers (AND CHURCHES) to call it quits while they're behind, forever babes in Christ content with the milk [1 Peter 2:2 | 1 Corinthians 3:2]
Just like we busy and burden ourselves with decaying perishable pleasures of this world with fiery fervency, how much MORE should we likewise exert our hearts to bird-dog those fire-proof ENDURING rewards from our heavenly Father that stand beyond the trial of time? Living for today is an unfulfilling life of stockpiling decomposing wood-hay-and-stubble rooted in defunct and debunked me-centered pseudo-ligions like Hinduism and Buddhism -- ultimately leaving the soul unsatisfied and worse yet at a DEFICIT from the starting point (the BEST starting point is God, check out Proverbs 9:10 + Psalm 111:10). Again, let's examine what God shares about living a life like the unassuming fish above Tamatoa's home in Moana (chasing everything that glitters -- fish dinner!):
Luke 12:16-22 - And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on
Matthew 6:23-25 - But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
2 Timothy 3:4-7 - Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Revelation 3:17 - Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
2 Corinthians 4:18 - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Fact is while the word "tomorrow" may not appear in our Bibles, it's for the same reason we won't find words like: Instagram, Shamwow, or Bluetooth. To+morrow is a newer noun advent, stemming from the 13th century "mor'row," and therefore not part of King's English which has origins from 1553 (prior to the transliteration efforts of the 1611 Authorized Version of God's Word). However the antecedent "morrow" (Hebrew 'machar' = h4279) DOES occur MORE than 100 times in Scripture. God promised to preserve His Word, not the English language (or we wouldn't have insufferable words like crunk and turn't, SMH LOL)
Once we know what to LOOK FOR, it's not long until we clearly understand Who we must LOOK TO.
Of course God cares about TODAY and wants you to do likewise! As we see repeated from Genesis to Revelation, the difference is He doesn't want us obsessively FOCUSING on today, but the LORD'S DAY [Isaiah 13 -- His return and our preparedness to give an account of our collection of days]! God doesn't merely exist in our crappy-by-comparison infantile comprehension of space-time as an open-loop continuum, He operates outside of it because He CREATED IT. The ultimate takeaway is as powerful as it is prominent throughout His perfect 66-book Book: Use yesterday's hindsight to grant us the foresight to be more effective living sacrifices to realize our primary purpose of bringing Him more glory [1 Corinthians 10:31]; all the while leaning not unto our own understanding but in ALL ways acknowledging Him [Proverbs 3:5-6]. By eliminating the flesh (which means our carnal natural born-this-way inclinations) and esteeming the Father, the fog of our "condition of confusion" as a race of men QUICKLY clears.
Living for today and all it's "Transcendent Nirvanaic" ideals of reincarnation and other artificial man-made goofy icons and idols is a dead-end, literally AND spiritually. Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars said it best: IT'S A TRAP! Good news though, there's a HUGE GLOWING & BLINKING NEON SIGN just above it, warning you to avoid it, and keep your eyes on the Prize of our redemption and REDEEMER.
Accept no silly substitutes that have been created and contrived by man in attempts to escape and explain away the truth of God written upon their hearts leaving no room for excuse [Romans 1:20]
It's often been asked-and-echoed into oblivion with cliched frequency, "What are YOU cramming into the Jesus-shaped hole in YOUR heart" that the original innocuous goal of the question has been watered down and made palatable to align with the rest of our lukewarm Laodicean Christian culture. While it's true only ONE shape (or key) will fit to stop the bleeding and override the need to chase something as temporary as TODAY (or replaceable as money, trophies, fame or mansions)...these are all nothing more than porta-potty byproducts resulting from the PRIME PRODUCT: heart-attitude. The intents of our motivation are either self-serving OR Saviour-serving, but NOT both (we cannot serve two masters - Matthew 6:24 + Luke 16:13). Pick a lane.
We DON'T need to carefully place the "Jesus-loves-you shape" into the otherwise bottomless hole of "me & more" to subdue our sin -- our hearts aren't a Jesus jigsaw puzzle to be fit together achieving some balanced harmony of us AND God. There is NO "us AND God" because He can have NO fellowship with sin [1 John 1:6] and we grieve the Holy Spirit as we pridefully for-a-season [Hebrews 11:24-26] fly our flagrant fleshy flag of idolatry before Him. Rather we need to PAINFULLY AND FORCEFULLY EXCAVATE AND EXTRACT OUR VAIN VACUOUS GARBAGE COLLECTION we've been stock-piling like a Cold War arsenal of worldly-warheads aimed at God (and His gospel), and surrender to total disarmament by disavowing our heart (NOT believing in + following our heart) in order to TRADE-UP to the Father. It's ONE or the other [Matthew 12:30]; and our hearts aren't exactly the most dependable little stinkers anyway [Jeremiah 17:9]
What are YOU going to CHOOSE? Willful action is being taken by you either way, there is no shadow of turning and you can't be married to TWO brides [Matthew 12:30]. Chase the pleasures of today and worship the offerings of the world OR worship the world Creator? Light or darkness, gather or scatter...what's it gonna be pilgrim -- Yesterday, Today, or Tomorrow? ANSWER: NONE OF THE ABOVE...choose LIFE ETERNAL by choosing the One who first chose AND loved us! There's always Good, Better, and Best, and make NO mistake about it: Satan WANTS you to choose "good," all while God's waiting with outstretched open-palmed nail-pierced hands with what's BEST for the taking!
After this ephemeral life, there IS an eternal afterlife. If you've DECIDED to believe on and receive Jesus plus/minus NOTHING, there's a bonus chapter of Good News following the Gospel -- God's designed the blueprint for your everlasting mansion...no need to worry about square-footage here on earth anymore, what you park in the garage, how many commas you can shove in your bank account, or what plastic-coated and crystal-carved awards and trophies you can place on a shelf to collect dust like a GAUDY (not Godly) graven image. Choose and chase wisely.
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