Today is the day.
Focusing on what God wants us to do today is imperative.
Today is all we have.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it.” ~Max Lucado
We live in Today, between the act of salvation and its completion. Today is the time when those who believe in the Messiah as their salvation [deliverance] anxiously await His return and seek to make known the Good News to everyone. God wants everyone to know Him. God wants everyone to be saved [delivered] and live for eternity. God does not want anyone to be condemned and so He is patient.
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 the Messiah [Christ], if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Hebrews 3:13–15). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
The author of Hebrews uses the word ‘Today’ in a curious manner in this passage. When would a day not be called ‘today’? Is he simply saying that we should encourage each other in our faith every day? That would just be repetitive as he has already said “Encourage each other daily.” And tomorrow will be called today when it becomes tomorrow.
The author quotes from Psalm 95, a song of praise which also reminds the people of Israel of the failure of their forefathers to trust in the Lord. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” What is meant by the word ‘Today’?
Today is the day of your salvation.
And so we live in Today – a time between Yesterday and Tomorrow. Yesterday when God’s plan of salvation [deliverance] was made known and Tomorrow when all of creation will be re-made complete and whole.
When it comes to faith, Today is the day to answer the Master’s call. Today is the day to listen to the call of the Holy Spirit. Tomorrow may be too late. Tomorrow, Jesus will return in glory to gather up His sheep, those who have answered the call of the Holy Spirit and believe in the One and Only Son of the Most High God.