Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 9:27-28, ” Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.”
One and done. That’s a phrase we hear a lot these days, especially in the world of sports. Kids enter college to play their sport for one season, and then they head to the professional ranks to make their fortune. They have only one shot as an amateur to leave their mark and win a championship. During the college basketball tournament season, every game is its own elimination round. That’s a different kind of one and done, where the winner advances to the next round, but the loser goes home. Years of preparation will many times culminate in one loss and the end of a dream. Unlike the participants in the NBA playoffs going on right now, where the best-of-seven format means it takes four losses to be sent packing, we are not guaranteed a second (or third or fourth) chance in life. Most times the chance for a do-over just never comes around. And our verse for today can help us remember that.
We need to look at today as the only “today” that we’ll ever have. And we don’t know if we’ll have a tomorrow. So how will you spend your 24 hours that God has given you? What will you do with perhaps the most important day of your life? I am sometimes frustrated by my kids as they waste precious moments of time together with the bickering over the most unimportant things. Does it really matter that she is wearing one of your twenty pairs of socks? It takes me right back to when I was a child, arguing over nothing and trying to get my way. I want them to realize that the more they try to possess their stuff and ensure their place, the more they set themselves up for disappointment and aggravation. Our lives will be put on display before we know it. The only One who had just one chance and got it right will show us how we did. Don’t get to the end of the day and have regret waiting for you. Let your faith take you there in the joy of obedient living, even stepping out in ways you may have never done before.
As we seek Him today, ask God to show you the value of this very day. Take every opportunity He gives you to participate in the working of His Holy Spirit. Live today like you have a resurrected Savior living inside of you.
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