Tomorrow! That tends to be our response to many things. I'll take care of that tomorrow. I deal with that tomorrow. That can wait until tomorrow. But look at what James wrote in the New Testament,
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.
If you've ever watched a pot boil, then you've seen the steam come up from the surface of that boiling water. You've also seen how long it takes for that steam to disappear - SECONDS. It's brief. Steam doesn't last long. It comes up and disappears. That's what James is saying here. I know that 80 or 90 years seems like a long time (if you live to be that old) but in the grand scheme of eternity, 100 years is like a blink of an eye.
James stresses this point further when he says that "you do not know what tomorrow will bring." We don't have a clue about tomorrow. In fact, we don't really know what is going to happen in the next five minutes.
So what do we need to do with today? Here are a few things the Bible tells us to do today.
Encourage One Another
Hebrews 3:13 - But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today", that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
We are called to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ, that they might not be deceived by sin. When was the last time you took an opportunity to call or text somebody and let them know that you were praying for them. Something as simple as that can be a great encouragement.
Listen for God's Voice
The writer of Hebrews continues with a warning for us as Christians,
Hebrews 3:15 - As it is said, "Today, if you hear His voice, do not Harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
The writer is referring to the people of Israel that God delivered from slavery in Egypt. As God was leading them to the promised land, they kept turning away from Him to do things their own way. They kept rebelling against God. And the call of the writer here is to not be like them, but to listen when God calls us out. When God tries to get our attention when it comes to sin in our life, we don't wait until tomorrow, we deal with it today.
Share the Gospel
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 - Working together with Him (God), then, we appeal to you not to received the grace of God in vain. For He says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Paul's point here is that today is the day the lost need to receive God's salvation. If you put that with what we looked at in James, you'll see that we are not promised tomorrow to share the Gospel, nor are the lost promised tomorrow to receive the Gospel. I'm not saying that we should beat people to death and make them accept Jesus, but if we've never shared the Gospel with a friend or family member that we know needs Christ, then we don't need to wait until tomorrow to do it.
What are some other things that we need to take opportunity of today?