Living For Tomorrow
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
~ Colossians 3:1-2
There is a saying that goes, “Live today as if there is no tomorrow.” but this is backward. We need to look at it in this way, “Live today for our eternal tomorrow.” Our time on earth is diminutively temporal. We each have our own specific time in space. God has a perfect plan through each one of us. I was born on a particular date, and I will die on a specific date. God, in the form of Jesus, also lived in the confines of a fleshly temple, to be born on a certain date, and die on a chosen date. Physical life is so very short. Christ fulfilled His monumental purpose in His minuscule time here on earth, and we too must fulfill ours.
Paul tells us that we should live our lives for the kingdom. The kingdom is everlasting, so it would only make sense to work today, for our eternal future. We need to live in this world, but our minds and hearts should be focused on Christ. Each day when we rise we need to go to God in prayer asking Him to help us to be in His will, just as it is in heaven. Then we keep in tune to His voice, guiding us to do and say things that bring honor to His name. If we love the Lord with all our might, then it would be the natural thing to want to please Him.
There is another saying that goes, “One can be so heavenly minded, that they are no earthly good.” I used to believe this, but now I know it’s not true. If one is really in tune with Christ, they would be loving, patient, kind, forgiving, peaceful, slow to anger, careful with their tongue, and nonjudgmental.
God can see our pious pretense, and He knows if we are living today for ourselves or living for everlasting life in Him. As we concede to Christ control, instead of self control, our verbal testimony will align with our fruits of the spirit, and we will know that we are living for our eternal future.
Dear Father, Help me to fix my heart and mind on things from above. Help me to work now for your kingdom. In Christ I pray, Amen
~ Jenny Calvert