Every day we make choices. It is these choices that determine who we are before God. Just think about this for a minute. Actions speak louder than words. Its not just about saying the right thing, the question is, do we do the right thing? Daily?
We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control our attitudes. My focus is my personal decision, and out of my focus will come my actions. If my focus is really to seek first the Kingdom of God, then this will have a great impact on my day to day decisions. If my focus is only on myself, then this selfish attitude will definitely affect my actions.
In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus gave an interesting example of two sons. One who said the right thing but did the wrong thing. And the other who said the wrong thing and did the right thing. Which category do we fall into? Let us ensure that we don’t just say the right thing, but that we do it as well.
James 4:13-15 – “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ ”
If you exclude God today in whatever plans you are making, you are certainly not prepared for tomorrow. James said in James 4:14 that life is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then disappears. In James 1:10-11, James had earlier compared man and all that man could boast of to a beautiful flower that blossoms or prospers for a while and then withers too soon. What then is the good in making long term plans when we do not even know what tomorrow will bring forth? God has purposely left us in the dark concerning future events. We must understand that we have no control over what becomes of us the next day.
Will you be around tomorrow – the next day, the next month, the next year? The implications of all these for the present includes the need for watchfulness and faithfulness. Let this question prompt you to live faithfully for our LORD Jesus Christ.