1 Peter 2:21-24, Choose Jesus, Choose Wisely, Hebrews 12:1-2, Hebrews 3:7-15, Matthew 6:33-34, Psalm 118:24, Rejoice and be glad, Time, TODAY, Today IS Today!
Bible Ballistics: BBs #562 Today Is Only Today, Today???
“This is the day
which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice
and be glad
in it.” Psalm 118:24
The “in it” is referring to today!!! This day. This “day which the LORD hath made” is for me and you—and we can choose whether we will “rejoice” in it, and “be glad” in it! That’s right, it’s my choice and yours whether we will respond to ‘today’ with joy and delight in the Lord, or doubt what God is doing, pout about it, and drop out of the race that God has “set before us”!
A runner (and I’m certainly not physically one of those—I don’t even run to the mailbox on a good day!! Ha ha) doesn’t get to pick his lane, his track or the competition; he simply shows up at the meet and prepares himself to run ‘his’ best race! And that, my friends is what God asks us to do—today!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
We are called to “run” our own race—today, by keeping our eyes “fixed” on Jesus—not the track, or the competition, or the length, or the roughness of the track! We are to keep looking to Jesus and the prize of HIS person! He is the prize, and spending eternity with Him, and reveling in HIS glory.
God hasn’t called us to cry over the race we lost yesterday, or the race we might win tomorrow. God calls us to run ‘today’; to run our own race; to run that race with our eyes on Jesus not self; to run that race with confidence in the Lord who saves us, who keeps us, and who supplies our every need today. We serve a God who is faithful today—he may be slow (in our time schedule) but HE is never late. We are to run with the knowledge that Jesus ran HIS race for our salvation, “despising the shame” of the cross, but willing to stay there for you and me!
Peter calls us to remember the One who not only came to save us, by “being the way”, but He also left us an example of total faithfulness and trust in God for our yesterday, our today, and our tomorrow! What are you ‘fixed’ on today?
“For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did
neither was guile found
in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled,
reviled not again;
when he suffered,
he threatened not;
but committed himself
to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self
bare our sins
in his own body
on the tree,
being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes
ye were healed
25 For ye were as sheep
but are now returned
unto the Shepherd
of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:21:24
This precious Lamb of God who loves us and came to be “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (See John 1:29), takes away the sin of all who will come to Him in repentance and faith “TODAY”! For those of us who have already trusted in Him, our todays are to be given to His service—each of them, to do with as HE pleases for our spiritual growth and His eternal glory. If you don’t know Him, you can come to Him today—for yesterday is gone, and you have no assurance of a tomorrow! Today is the day—it’s all you have.
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”. 2 Corinthians 6:2
Today! The author of Hebrews reminds us that it is all about ‘today’ (note that in the KJV it is to-day). What are you doing with your ‘today’?
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts,
as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness…
…12 Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of you an evil heart
in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily,
while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ,
if we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your hearts,
as in the provocation.” Hebrews 3:7-8 & 12-15
Here we see that God calls us to be sure that we have heard HIS voice! As I often say, “Saying so, doesn’t’ make it so!” We must be sure that we have had a “today” when we repented of our own personal sin, believing that Jesus death, burial and resurrection paid for our sin! It’s why He came, and we can trust our ‘today’ to His faithful and loving sacrifice for ‘my’ sin!
What are you doing with today? Rejecting Him? Putting Him off till tomorrow? Serving Him faithfully and spending your ‘today’ rejoicing in His presence in your life ‘today’? I simply call each of us to examine our ‘today’! For, as the title says, “Today Is Only Today, Today”! In Jesus our todays and tomorrows are totally secure, and our yesterdays can be forgiven and removed “as far as the east is from the west”! (See Psalm 103:12)
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:33-34
Amen and Amen!!!