Faith Bible Church Greenfield Illinois

Living for Today

As we ring in a New Year we have a tendency to look back and to look forward, evaluate where we have been and think about where we are going. While some of that is just good planning, too much of it can tempt us to long for the past or worry or fantasize about the future while neglecting the present. I. Tendency to romanticize or be bound by the past A. Why were things better in the past? (Ecc. 7:10) B. This is not even a wise thing to consider 1. They probably weren’t as good as you remember 2. What difference does it make? You can’t go back C. Guilt and/or bad experiences from the past can also hold us back 1. We were thieves, drunkards, covetous…but no more (I Corinthians 6:9-11) 2. Press onward and forward (Job 17:9) II. Tendency to fantasize or worry about the future A. Fantasize about the future 1. We will go to this city tomorrow a. We will spend a year there b. Buy and sell and make a profit (James 4:13, 14a) 2. We will build bigger barns and (Luke 12:16-21) B. Worry about the future 1. Length of life (Matthew 6:27) 2. What we will eat, drink or wear (Matthew 6:31, 32) III. We are to live in today – Make today count A. What does the scripture urge us to do when it comes to the past? 1. Forget the past and strain forward (Philippians 3:13, 14) 2. Look ahead (Proverbs 4:25-27) B. The right approach to tomorrow? 1. Don’t be anxious about it (Matt. 6:34) 2. Don’t fantasize about it (Prov. 27:1) C. We need to work while it is day 1. Jesus said it about His work (John 9:4) 2. Sow your seed morning and evening (Ecc. 11:6) 3. Do whatever you do with all your might (Ecc. 9:10) 4. Work heartily, for God (Col. 3:23, 24) D. Live each day to its fullest 1. Rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24) 2. Live joyfully with your wife (Ecc. 9:9a, Prov. 5:18b) 3. Enjoy the fruits of the labor that God has blessed you with (Ecc. 2:24) Heed the warnings of scripture about the past and the future. Maximize what you do today. Don’t put things off. Leave the past under God’s grace and trust that our futures will be guided by His mercy and love. Complaining of the present as compared to the past or some fantasized future is often rooted in dissatisfaction with what God is providing to us now.
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