“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:24.
Too often we as followers of Jesus fall into the trap of dwelling on the past or being anxious about the future. A consequence of this frame of mind is that we become frozen in time. We are unable to move forward because we are stuck on past failures or disappointments and thus are unsure about a future that seems completely open and beyond our control. It is as if we believe in God, but it doesn’t affect us on a day-to-day basis.
All this means is that we miss opportunities in the present moment. God could be calling us to do great things today, but we are too focused on the past or the future that we can miss what is happening right in front of us. Every person can have his or her life radically changed by Jesus Christ. Paul did a complete 180 on the road to Damascus (Acts 9 ), and Christ is still fulfilling His promises, answering prayer and changing lives today. We need to be aware of what He is doing right now, today, in this very moment.
All through time God has been actively working out His plan in the world, and that includes today. Jesus is not on vacation, or chilling waiting for God to give Him the go ahead to return to earth. God is always at work around you. Take a look at the passage in John 5:17, 19-20 (NIV) “But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”….“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. ”
You can believe God hasn’t stopped working and that He is working right now to achieve His purpose. Scripture tells us He is actively working on our behalf, interceding for us. Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save[a] those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Romans 8:34 adds, “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” And 1 John 2:1 says, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father…”
So while Jesus Christ redeemed our past and secured our future, He is also uniquely and intimately involved in our today. Jesus has done great things for us and has promised to do even more, but to miss out on what He is doing right now is to minimize the fullness of His work on our behalf.
- How can we see God’s plan at work in our lives today?
- How do we make space for God to do His work in our lives today?