PJ’s Daily Devotional for Friday, March 24, 2017.
Have you heard someone say TGIF? According to an online dictionary, it is an “acronym for ‘Thank God it’s Friday’. Used to express the joy one feels in knowing that the work week has officially ended and that they have two days off with which to enjoy.” There is even a restaurant chain named “TGI Fridays” that is strategically marketing for some of those people’s hard earned money on Friday night.
The Bible commands us to live in the present and not to set our goals on a weekend of relaxation or a retirement of leisure, but to be fully present on the only day of the week that matters: “today!” Today is the only day you are guaranteed; today is the day of grace. I am writing this devotion literally as the sun rises and I am reminded of this truth from Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Listen to the Word of the Lord that the Holy Spirit illuminated for me at sunrise today: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:12-14).
The Bible commands me to live for today with a present tense, active faith. I am not only called to watch my own heart and maintain my own walk of faith, but to exhort you, meaning I am called to make an urgent appeal to you today to hold on tightly to your confidence in Jesus Christ. So, here goes: Please, do not lose heart: Jesus will accomplish that which He promised; your deliverance is dependable; your salvation is secured; God is faithful; the grace of Jesus Christ is sufficient for you today.”
May the Holy Spirit remind you today: “But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (Hebrews 3:6). You belong to God; purchased through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, “the apostle and high priest of our confession” (Hebrews 3:1).
Don’t put off for tomorrow what can only be done today, for tomorrow may never come. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Today is the day… What will you do with It?