‘Be very careful, then, how you live.’ Ephesians 5:15 NIV
Hashtag YOLO.Yeahhhh... It didn’t take long before we started using that ironically. And all those other t-shirt slogan worthy sayings? ‘Live for today’, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’, ‘carpe diem’ and all that other stuff. Same deal. But, hold up, maybe there’s something in this whole ‘seize the day’ business that we sometimes get a bit too cynical to see (yep, even us). Now, in fairness, in Ecclesiastes 9:9 (NIV) it says ‘Enjoy life with your wife’, now THAT we can see on a t-shirt (mainly because it rhymes). But hold on, it goes on to say ‘For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun.’ Wow. Not so t-shirt friendly after all? There’s some meaty stuff behind the message. In Luke 9:62 (MSG) Jesus says ‘No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.’ Ah. So he was a fan of the slogan tees? Not quite. If you’re noticing, any Instagram-filtered-poster-pic type slogans that we can grab from the Bible tend to be paired with some real kickers. They’re not just nice platitudes or motivational quips. Yes, God is all for the seize the day mentality, but look again at the reason. Because we ‘can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow.’ We have to be prepared to step up today. To make today (and the direction of our lives) more about God than ourselves, to serve in whatever immediate way we can. Don’t put it off.
Simples. Choose one little thing you can do today that will grow God’s kingdom. Nice. Go for it.