We all know that in life there are consequences. There is sowing and there is reaping. It is just part of the world in which we live. If we eat too much, we will get fat. If we don't pay our bills, someone will come looking for us or our services will be cut off. If we eat right and excerices we will loose weight, if we pay our bills we get to enjoy the services for another month. It's just the way things are.
We try to teach our children these truths in order to save them from hurt or heartache in the future, but it is something we all must face and recognize as truth. We may ignore these facts, or "do nothing", but the consequences of ignoring them or "doing nothing" still come regardless of whether we want them to or not.
My children have school deadlines. I say every day, "Are you doing the most of what you can today to make sure things are done when this certain day/deadline is here?" Many times they put things off/ do nothing until they are under extreme pressure to get it done. It's as if they are unsure or think if they ignore this certain deadline that it will not be so. Until it gets so close that they panic and have to overcompensate and put themselves under extreme stress and pressure.
Many people plan for tomorrow or for their future in this world with retirement funds, 401ks, life insurance, etc. They plan today for a future that they know will be a certainty. They will stop working and there will come a day when they will not be here, therefore they make plans to take care of their loved ones when they are gone.
But how much of a reality do we give to our eternity and to the plans of reality that lay after death? I studied today I Cor 15 and it talked about the resurrection. How our faith hinges on the resurrection of Christ and our own future resurrection. How Paul lived every day "in the resurrection".
Are we conscious every day of the resurrection? The Bible says we are either living for the resurrection or not. We either live in the present like we know the future or we are living in the present with no knowledge, hope, or understanding of the future.
If we are living for the resurrection, we live with purpose every day according to the future we know will come. We are purposing ourselves for eternity. We give all of these purposeful plans to retirement and our future here on earth, but give little regard to planning for our eternal future. How much of a reality is your eternal future to you that it would impact your every day, every minute present plans?
How should we be living in the present when the future of a resurrection is certain to us? We are to be witnesses and share this certainty of the future with others. We are to love the One that gives us this ZOE life and love others.
Do know, if we live in this party, "do nothing", mode and believe that our eternal future there will be no consequences we may be ignoring the obvious, or hiding in our ignorance or telling ourselves great lies in order to do as we may, but as with all things in the world, the day of consequence will come. The deadline as it may. There are always consequences...ALWAYS.
Live today in the present with a certainty of the resurrection. Live today and be purposeful. Being conscious of the resurrection purposes your present. Gives you a hope for the future instead of dread.
Dee Dee Galloway