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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Eternal Now

January 1

(Matthew 4:18-22 NIV) "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. {19} "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." {20} At once they left their nets and followed him. {21} Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, {22} and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."

(2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV) "For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."

With God, there is no “Happy New Year”. God doesn’t dwell in time. God lives in the eternal now. We too, should be “now” oriented. Many people think, “I’ll do something about Jesus later”, but “later” never seems to arrive. We must seize the opportunity when we see the star rise and we hear the angel speak. We must make our move when Jesus passes by. We must respond when we hear the Lord call our name. “Immediately” was the word used to describe the disciples’ response in our scripture for today. We must obey Christ in His time, not ours. Thinking we can “take our time” when it comes to things of God is foolish, because time does not really belong to us. It belongs to the Lord. Time is a creation of God. He owns it and controls it. It is not ours to squander. Our times are in his hands. The old proverb says, “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.” Believe it! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

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