From The Pastor’s Desk – Sunday, February 24, 2019
Lot learned the hard way that today matters when he hesitated, and the angels had to seize him and his wife and remove them from Sodom. Joshua’s final speech was a challenge to make today matter. He laid the decisions before the people: “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Esther longed to sit still and do nothing, but Mordecai wouldn’t let her. The fate of Gods’s people hung in the balance. Mordecai shocked her when he said “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” He pushed Esther to seize the day, and she did.
Nehemiah learned that today matters as he and his builders faced opposition when they constructed the wall around Jerusalem. They worked through the night with a sword in one hand and a brick in the other. Life was a battle. Every moment counted.
David sang, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Later he wrote. “Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” David was very aware of the significance of today. He worked to see the value of each day and he helped others do the same.
Today mattered to Apostle Paul who compared life to a race. He threw off weight that would entangle him or slow him down. He made the most of his pursuit of the prize.
Finally today mattered to Jesus. In the Sermon on the Mount, he tells us to seek first the kingdom and all the other needs we have will be added to us. He reminds us not to worry about tomorrow for each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Just focus on today.
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor