My grandfather was and still is a go getter. He had a magnet on his refrigerator that said “Do it Today.” He definitely is a do it now guy. For instance when I was going to get my drivers license, I failed the eye test. Instead of waiting a few days, my grandfather took me to the optometrist, got me an eye examine, got me a prescription, got me a pair of glasses, took me back to the DMV, and I got my drivers license that same day.
Recently I was listening to a message from Judah Smith called “Yesterday, Today, and Forever.” I was reminded of the fact that in our world today we are easily caught up in looking back at our past or looking forward into the future. So many times we get lost in the good ole’ days and dreaming about someday that we miss out on the moment. Often we overlook the here and now.
John records an example of this in chapter 11 of his Gospel:
“Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (John 11:21-26 NLT)
Martha’s brother has just died and right in front of her stands the only person that can do anything about it and she immediately thinks that Jesus is speaking about the future. She looked past the moment that she was in. She didn’t realize Jesus was talking about the here and now.
There is another example that John records in chapter 4:
“You know the saying, `Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35 NLT)
Jesus is saying this to the disciples because they are about to miss out on the moment that is about to happen. Jesus was trying to get them to see what was about to happen right in front of them.
The point is that we can’t move on to what God has for us next if we don’t take care of what He has for us now. Don’t get swallowed up by your past and don’t get caught looking into the future. Don’t miss out on the moment. Refocus your attention today on the here and now.