Deadlines and Commitments

Posted: May 17, 2011 in QT's
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I wonder how many of us spend our todays worrying about tomorrow. I’m reminded of a sign I once saw painted on the side of a Mexican Restaurant that said, “Free Tamales Tomorrow”. The problem is “tomorrow” is always a day away. This morning I read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Boy, ain’t that the truth. The problem is; it’s easier said than done. We all have deadlines and commitments and the older you get, the more responsibility you have, and the more deadlines and commitments there are to meet. I was speaking to a young lady yesterday who just graduated from college with a degree in nursing. She’s completed her education and is now ready to enter her field of profession and make a difference. The problem is, she’s having a difficult time finding a position and needless to say, she’s a little discouraged. On top of that she has school loans coming due soon. She’s worried about tomorrow and who can blame her; deadlines and commitments.

So, the question is, what is Jesus saying to her, to me, to you in Matthew 6:34? Is he telling us not to give a second thought to our future or the obligations that we have? No, I don’t think so. If we all lived life that way we could really get into a bind, not to mention we would have a poor testimony for our Lord. The key to understanding what Jesus is saying is found in the word “therefore” which points us back to what he had previously said. In verse 33 Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Jesus is not telling us to live carelessly, he’s telling us not to get so caught up in our worries that we forget to live for him today. If we will remember to put him first in our lives today, everyday, then the things that we’re doing will be the things that he has for us to do. The things that we commit to will be the things that he has called us to. It’s interesting to note that Jesus never said that our days would be trouble free; in fact, he said that we will have enough trouble each day to keep us occupied for that day. The thing is, if we live each day for the one who gave his life for us then whatever we go through, he will see us through. We can face each day knowing that our heavenly Father has our back. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. Let’s live today seeking God’s kingdom and his righteousness first, and then let’s do it again tomorrow.

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Comments
  1. Marty Martin(Cousin) says:

    Paul,
    Been recieving your posts for a while now.
    Just wanted to Thank You, and tell you what a Blessing you are to me.
    It makes my Heart Sing to know that You LOVE the Lord and work to further HIS WORD!!!!!

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