What about Now!
There is an old adage – “The past is a cancelled check, the future is a promissory note, and only the present is cash on hand!”
This year is officially half way over, nothing from the past can be changed or altered; however, the canvas for the rest of the year is completely clean. The only time that we can do anything about is the moment we are in right now. There is no time like the present because it is the only time that we truly own!
This is not to say that all points of time in reference to our choices are not vital; they are! However, this is only true with a proper perspective or panoramic view, to use with the choices we make right now!
This is the message of the Apostle Paul to the Christians at Colossi, note:
Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
There are three prepositions of importance here which give substance to the verbs; “were” – past tense, “is” – present tense, “when” – future tense. In the third case, the noun is actually inserted next to the preposition, because the verb is predicated on the appearing of the noun.
These prepositions give substance of time to the actions they are tied to; but if you notice, every instruction based on the importance of tense is to be acted upon NOW!
What They Did!
They were told to remember the past; but to remember it for motivation (Vs.1 – which is a premise that Paul already established in 2:11-13, their baptism), and avoidance (Vs. 5-11, never to return to the behavior of the Old Man).
What They Should Be Doing!
They were instructed to be wrapped up, completely blanketed with Christ for everything they do RIGHT NOW! This is the character building of the “New Man” (Vs. 12-17).
What Their Goal Should Be!
They are instructed to keep their eye on the prize, and what has given them the privilege to be able to do this; this drives the proper choices today!
How do we redeem the past? By acting NOW!
How do we purposefully drive our lives towards proper Christian living? By acting NOW, guided by the WORD of GOD!
How do we guard the future? By acting NOW!
We prepare for the future, but we live in the now, guided by the lessons of the past!
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a
city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;
whereas you do not know what
tomorrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
This is a Panoramic View of the Importance of Today!