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"Make Use of Today"

June 15, 2006

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

A motivational plaque declares, "Yesterday is but a dream; tomorrow is a vision of hope; look to this day for its life." This saying can be used to express the urgency of our lives as Christians. If yesterday were Christmas, today Easter, and tomorrow was Christ's second coming and the end of time as we know it, would we be living differently?

In C. S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters," the devil meets with his under-devils to plan how best to combat Christianity. Each under-devil is assigned the challenge to come up with a catchy slogan. One suggests, "There is no God." The devil feels this would be hard to promote. Another suggests, "There is no devil." Again the idea is rejected as not possible. The last little devil comes up with the slogan, "There is no hurry." The perfect slogan to defeat Christianity!

We always feel that there will be time. We do not feel the urgency to share the Gospel today. Would it make a difference if we knew that Christ was coming tomorrow? Whom do you know who needs to hear of Christ's birth, death, resurrection, and second coming? There is a valid warning in that slogan from "The Screwtape Letters." Christianity is impacted in a most negative way by Christians who feel there is no hurry.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us live today as if it were our last day on earth and the end of time to share our faith; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Proverbs 13-15    Acts 2:1-21

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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