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    Good Morning Family Of God

    Letter 38 October 22, 2020 by Majors Brenda & David Allen
    Photo by Ben White on Upslash
    Photo by Ben White on Upslash

    “Tomorrow, I will do it tomorrow.”  We have all had the experience of putting things off until ‘tomorrow’.  Today there is something I must do.  I have put it off, for a variety of reasons, but today it is on my “To Do” list.

    Perhaps you, like I, are familiar with the quote, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It sounds like, “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do” (Proverbs 6:4). Found in the Bible, these words, as translated in the New Living Translation, are speaking of someone who has made a foolish commitment, with another, regarding money. The invitation is to be wise now…"Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids" (NIV).  Work out the concern today.

    What is it that you know must be done today?  Is there something that needs to be placed on your “To Do” list? There are many reasons we put off doing the things we need to do.  The reasons may be captured in some of these words: fear, pride, uncertainty, laziness, insecurity, doubt, stubbornness, exhaustion.  It was pride, and disregard for the living God, that caused Pharaoh, in the Bible, to offer a one-word sentence to Moses; “Tomorrow” (Exodus 8:10).  You might want to take time to read that entire story today.

    James tells us that “tomorrow may never come” (4:15). Our short days are a gift from God, and we are invited to make wise decisions today which will not only affect our lives and the lives of others, but honour the living God.

    Whether it is offering forgiveness, confessing an addiction, responding to a call to ministry, sending a card in the mail, saying sorry, acknowledging a debt, mending a relationship, booking an appointment with a friend, or joining a church small group, don’t put it off until tomorrow.  “Tomorrow may never come”.  “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  Doing what we sense is good and right today, is ultimately to please the Lord.

    One thing that rises above all other things that should not be left until tomorrow is captured in these words; “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). Receiving the gift of Jesus may be put off and excused for any of the reasons listed above in paragraph three.  My invitation is not to wait until tomorrow.  This salvation frees us to live God’s story for our lives today, and into eternity.  This salvation invites us to live in the family of God, belonging to God’s unfolding purposes, together. This salvation allows me to be the best version of me, and you to be the best version of you, for we live in the will and ways of the One who created us. Our salvation is God’s delight and is offered freely through belief in Jesus.

    The first followers of Jesus were invited, by Jesus, to ‘Come follow me’ (Matthew 4:19).  They did so immediately.  Not one said, ‘Tomorrow.’

    It is someone who knew the delight of having Jesus as Saviour, who penned these words.  Walking with Jesus is the gift of today, and tomorrow! Make no delay!

    413: Come To The Savior, Make No Delay

    1. Come to the Savior, make no delay,
    Here in His Word He's shown us the way;
    Here in our midst He's standing today,
    Tenderly saying: “Come!”

    Joyful, joyful will the meeting be,
    When from sin our hearts are pure and free,
    And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee
    In our eternal Home.


    2. Come to the Savior! O hear His voice!
    Let every heart leap forth and rejoice,
    And let us freely make Him our choice;
    Do not delay, but come.

    Joyful, joyful will the meeting be,
    When from sin our hearts are pure and free,
    And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee
    In our eternal Home.


    3. Think once again, He's with us today;
    Heed now His blest commands, and obey;
    Hear now His accents tenderly say:
    Come to your Savior, come.

    Joyful, joyful will the meeting be,
    When from sin our hearts are pure and free,
    And we shall gather, Savior, with Thee
    In our eternal Home.

    God of today, you know us, your creation, better than we know ourselves.  You speak to us that our lives might offer praise to you, know your goodness, and offer your life to others.  Today we want to do that which you know must be done, to please you.  By your Spirit equip us with what we individually, and corporately need, to step forward.  Above all, remind each of us of the depths and riches of your salvation, helping us to receive it afresh, or in its brand-newness today for ‘today is the day of salvation.”

    With care and in prayer,

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