• Chris Steele

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Be Strong, Be Well — Sunday, December 6, 2020

Yesterday is of great value. So many things that happened yesterday can fill our hearts and cause us to appreciate what we have today.

Yesterday can also be dangerous. If we allow ourselves to dwell on sad and troubling things of the past, we will not enjoy our present day. Paul’s words in Philippians 3:13, 14 says, “...forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

Yesterday may create a false sense of security when we decide our past has been enough and now we can retire from our work in the kingdom of God. There is no retirement for God’s children in this life. Paul said we must finish our course before we can receive the crown of righteousness (2 Thessalonians 4:6-8; cf. Revelation 2:10).

Tomorrow is a valuable gift because it will be a new page in our lives. We can pray, plan, and hope for good things, “if the Lord wills.” Regardless of what tomorrow may bring, those who are His faithful ones have no fear in facing what may come.

Tomorrow can be dangerous if we think the sun will always rise and we’ll live tomorrow just as we planned. When we put off today what we think we may do tomorrow, someday we’ll be cut short when tomorrow doesn’t come. May we never ignore our salvation or faithfulness to God and our Lord Jesus Christ!

Today is one of the most valuable things we can possess. Nestled between yesterday and tomorrow, today is the only time we have to accomplish anything. We must work today to do all we can, because as Jesus said, the night is coming when no one can work.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: may we dwell on the good of the past, and learn from our mistakes. Enjoy today and spend it without regrets or wasting it away and finding ourselves unprepared for tomorrow and eternity.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). —Chris

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