See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)
Today Is The Day
Today is the day. What does that mean? Today is the day that I will be very careful that I don’t have a sinful unbelieving heart. Today is the day that I will make sure that my heart does not succumb to the deceitfulness of sin. Today is the day that I will turn toward you rather than away from you. Today is the day that I will both give and receive encouragement to passionately love, follow and serve you. Today, I will love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. This is all very good. I do have a question for you. What’s that? You are using that word, “today” quite a bit. Yes, I am. What about yesterday or tomorrow? I can only live one day at a time. So, I am focusing on today. I am taking one day and one step at a time. That is very good. Are these steps you are taking today brand new for you? Oh no, not at all. Yesterday, I took all the same steps. Yesterday, I was careful to not have a sinful, unbelieving heart. Yesterday, I made sure that my heart did not succumb to the deceitfulness of sin. Yesterday, I turned toward you rather than away from you. Yesterday, I gave and received encouragement to passionately love, follow and serve you. That is very good. I hope and pray that I will take all the same steps with you tomorrow and every day after that. But here is the deal, here is what I know for sure. Were all my steps perfect? Did I never make mistakes? Did I never take missteps? Did I never sin? My steps were never perfect. I did make mistakes and take missteps. I did sin against you. But here is what I also know. I am moving forward with you. My eyes are on you. You are holding on to me as I hold on to you. You are leading me through life. You have given me a heart to love you with all that is within me. So today, it is my desire and joy to live my life with and for you. With your help, I know that today, will be similar tomorrow. You will help me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. You will help me to love and follow and serve you one day and one step at a time. Yes, I will. You can count on me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I want a soft and obedient heart that loves, follows and serves you. I will be careful to guard my heart, so it does not become hardened by succumbing to the deceitfulness of sin. Help me to encourage others to live a life that loves you with all their heart. Amen
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