What is "TOMORROW"? What is next week? Next time? Next year? What is this word "future"? I don't get it. I don't understand. We push everything aside, saying we'll do it when it's convenient. We'll go pray for that person tomorrow. We'll go share the gospel with that person tomorrow. We'll go be kind tomorrow. We'll go love tomorrow. We'll believe tomorrow.
NO!! Tomorrow is TODAY and TODAY is all we have! Tomorrow is not a guarantee- tomorrow I may be friendless, homeless, forgotten and without a family. Tomorrow I may be nothing. Tomorrow I may be history. Today is all I have - and I will use it. I'm not about to sit around on my couch and let everything pass me by. "It's just not time" - but when will it be time? When I'm no longer around, and it's too late? When the so-called "tomorrow" happens? I don't know what's going to happen tonight. I don't know what's going to happen even in five minutes. I don't know!
Jesus could come back any minute - and if He were to see me right now, if He were to see YOU right now, what would He say? "Well done, good and faithful servant" - or "I never knew you"? Words and ideas and motives are great, but if I'm not doing anything, if I'm just over here on this blog scribbling out words with no actions to back it up, what's the use?? If I'm just writing all this stuff, but I don't really care - I don't actually love y'all like I say I do - what am I doing but being a noisy gong or a clanging symbol? What difference do I make if I don't do anything? I'd be nothing. I am nothing. I'm doing nothing.
What does it matter if I have an influence of a thousand people and I'm changing the world and I'm mission-focused if I'm only saying things? Or if I'm so focused on the future that I miss the present? So focused on the people across the globe that I forget about the people right next to me? So focused on going on big missions trips to change the world there when I'm not even witnessing to the people who are around me, right now? So focused on being popular, making people laugh, looking good- that I miss the opportunity to go talk to that person over in the corner, to pray for that person hurting - to listen to the Holy Spirit's voice? My family - the girls I met earlier this year - the old family friends - what about them? What about these people, right in front of me? I need to start loving them. Pursuing them like Christ pursued me. Sharing the gospel with them like my parents shared with me. Inviting them to church, to youth. Praying for them. Praying for their heart, that they would see the truth.
Because if I do nothing, how am I going to stand before God? When He asks me what I did with my life, what will I say? That I had a thousand people reading my blog and being encouraged by it? That I had hundreds of friends? That I had "perfect" style, and guys liked me? That I made people laugh? That I was "nice"?? What will YOU say? That you were crazy popular? That you ruled Instagram? That you won the Olympics? That everyone listened to what you said? That you were the boss? That you received tons of awards? Those aren't necessarily bad things - but in the end, what really matters? You can't take nothing to Heaven with you. You can't take your awards, your phone, your clothes - nothing.
But you can share the gospel and be used by the Lord to help others believe. Can you imagine how cool that would be? To see their lives transformed by the living power of the gospel! To see them catch the flame, the passion, the un-containable firestorm that they saw in you - which you got from the Lord? To see them rejoice! Worship! Be filled with the peace that transcends all understanding! And to be able to say, wow, God used me! God used me to help somebody else! There is joy in seeing someone transformed! There is joy when we do what Jesus has called us to do! There is so much more! To see their faces light up as they discover the truth of God's word - to see the people that you shared the gospel with in Heaven! Wow. Wow, wow.
But you gotta think about the other side. My pastor says to imagine there being two lines after Jesus comes back - the hell line, and the heaven line. Imagine what it'll be like when you're in the line going to Heaven, and you see someone who you knew going to Hell. Going to eternal separation from God. Gnashing and grinding of teeth. Eternal fire. And they call out to you, despair and agony in their voice. And they ask you one question:
why didn't you ever tell me about Jesus?
Tomorrow is NOW. NOW is all you have. Go do something - the world is waiting.
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."