January 24, 2018

Matthew 24:36–44 (NLT) — 36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40 “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. 42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. 44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

Basically what Jesus is saying here is, “If you live well today you won’t have to worry about tomorrow.” Living well means to live Christianly. Today is the only day that matters. I can’t change yesterday and tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I can only live for the Lord today. So when I get up in the morning I make up my mind that I am going to make this day count for Jesus. Like Jesus I am going to go about doing good.

Praying is good so I am going to pray. Not taking offense is good so I am not going to let myself be offended. Giving an encouraging word is good. Perhaps the produce guy at the grocery store could use some encouragement.  Putting others first is good so I could let someone else have that parking space close to the entrance of Walmart. Forgiving is good so I will keep short accounts with that nasty co-worker. Self-control is good so I will watch my spending today. Negative thoughts are not good so I will not entertain them. Worrying is not good so I will trust Jesus to work out my day for good.

F.B. Meyer, “Unbelief puts our circumstances between us and God. Faith puts God between us and our circumstances.”

Telling someone about Jesus is good so I will look for opportunities. It is good to eat healthy and exercise so organic soup and a few push-ups here I come:) Giving thanks to God is good so I am going to thank him for Today look forward to what he has planned for me.

I think you get the picture. It is always Today. It is never Yesterday. Yesterday ended last night. So no matter how badly I may have failed or how good I was that day is done.  It is never Tomorrow so you can’t depend on it. So live well Today and you won’t have to worry about Tomorrow.

John Maxwell, “Hoping for a good future without investing in today is like a farmer waiting for a crop without ever planting any seed.”

Jesus Christ, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.      Do this today.

Be Inspired Hilltop!