Don't Put Off For Tomorrow What Is Available Now
Zeroing-in on things to come, Christians are preoccupied with the future. Many envision, someday, in the “sweet bye and bye,” believers will finally experience goodness and wonder.
I recall one of my Sunday School teachers talking about what life would be like then. She invited my classmates and me to imagine another generation. She suggested we were living in the season of preparation, not the time of fulfillment.
As the years progressed, I increased in my understanding of the Bible. Eventually, my viewpoint shifted. Rather than emphasizing the distant future, I recognized that scripture often draws us into the present day. Sometimes we’re pushing off for tomorrow what is meant for now.
An illustration of this fact was observable in my recent study of the Book of Romans. Consider the following declarations:
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested…” (Romans 3:21a).
“Since we have now been justified by his blood…” (Romans 5:9a).
“But now you are free from the power of sin...“ (Romans 6:22).
“But now we have died to those laws that bound us…” (Romans 7:6).
- "The revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages, but has now been disclosed...” (Romans 16:25b-26a).
This is only fragments from one book of the Bible describing what it means to live in the New Covenant era. Many others are found elsewhere.
Although there are promises that remain in the future, much is already in our possession. Modern Christians tend to peer over the horizon, yet Paul affirmed: “But now…”
I hope that you are not putting off for tomorrow what is accessible now!