Living for the day

Jun

17

2024

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17

2024

A buddy pretty much lives for the day and tries to get the maximum out of it. He doesn’t seem to even consider the future. This seems unsettling to me, but I have come around somewhat to his way of thinking.

When Jesus was teaching us how to pray He encouraged us to ask for our daily bread, not a year’s worth to stockpile. Moses and his people relied on manna on a daily basis and they were told not to try to stockpile it less it go sour and spoil and be destroyed by maggots.

So, why would the Lord give us these examples. Because he wants us to rely on Him on a daily basis. It seems clear that we shouldn’t commit our happiness in life solely to the future. It seems happiness belongs more to the man who takes his long-term plans lightly and works moment to moment, “as to the Lord.”

Luke related the following analogy to us in 12:19 about a successful farmer who was going to tear down his existing barns and build larger barns – Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’ This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”

It is far too easy to push things off for tomorrow. Knowing that there is another day you can get whatever you need done and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. The problem with this is that it never gets done. Imagine what would happen if you lived every day like it was your last day on earth. The meaning of everything in your world would drastically be enriched as you would try your utmost to get the most out of it.

“Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we may die” has been said for centuries but is not biblical. Usually this phrase is understood as “enjoy life as much as possible because we won’t live forever.” While the phrase’s wording is indeed a mix of several verses in the Bible the underlying principle is quite opposite from biblical teaching. Jesus talks of life’s brevity often and teaches we should take advantage of each day bathed in His love while serving Him.

While it may be unbiblical to live each day for pleasure, living a life of joy for the Lord is certainly biblical. Jesus teaches that abiding in Him and obeying Him will bring us joy in life. If we accept this, we will not unduly focus too much on the future and live each day “as to the Lord.”

John 15:9
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

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