During this heat wave we have been having many of us have had to deal with some home maintenance of one kind or another. I just had to had a new capacitor for my air conditioner as the heat burned up the one I had. I did thank the Lord that I didn’t have to replace the whole unit. However, the Lord must have decided to use this to bring my thoughts around to some other important types of maintenance which we often neglect even when we are reminded. You’re right, I am talking about our internal maintenance, the things we need to do to keep our bodies and minds functioning in the way the Lord originally intended. Just like the rest of our life we manage somehow or another to put off the things we know we really need and should do. You’re right again – I am talking about the spiritual aspect of our lives. And just for you to know I am no better about that than many of you. There is always tomorrow. Really? Could it just be that I am wrong again?
Paul tells us in Romans – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (12:1). You would have to admit that is pretty specific, but how often do we consider it. He tells us once again in 2nd Corinthians that God in Christ… has committed to us the word of reconciliation (5:19); for He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (21). Obviously we have always been bearers of reconciliation between the world and our Creator; we just have not fully accepted the job we were originally given. Maybe we should get serious about our home maintenance (the bodies created for our spirit’s performance).
In life we usually consider that we can wait until needed to remodel or improve our performance, but a lot of the time when a situation arises it is too late to prepare our best solution which means we often settle for something second best, often realizing that is not what we really wanted and wishing we could go back and have a do-over. And yet, we also will continue to repeat the same mistake over and over and wonder why we don’t learn.
It’s a good thing our Lord is patient. The Psalmist reminds us when we so often forget that The Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness (Psalm 9:7-8). That does give us the final picture, but we still have to walk through today before we will arrive in tomorrow. Maybe we should concentrate on being more diligent and heed the words of Timothy as he admonishes us to Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2:2:15).
The biggest problem we have as we read these words and understand their importance for our lives is numbering our days. We have a bad habit of assuming that tomorrow will be soon enough and yet we should remember that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. If it is important to be done, it is important for today. Putting off until tomorrow is a bad habit many of us have accepted as our right and privilege, but it was never God’s intent.
As we become more aware than ever before that our world is in serious trouble and we can no longer count on a large number of tomorrows maybe we should start becoming more aware of a saying we have long known – sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Philip Yancey would remind us of something that needs to be taken more seriously – Faith no longer travels by the word. It moves by the deed.