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I SAW A BOLD ad on a commercial bill board along the highway recently that read: “LIVE FOR NOW.” That philosophy advocates for casting one’s mind and consideration away from the future—the next moment and further. Therefore, it promotes making no plans for then—that is, “only think of now (just the present moment).” That certainly is an antagonistic philosophy to what the Bible teaches. Even common sense and sound reasoning would prompt a right thinking sane human on earth to live by the popular axiom: “make provision for the rainy day.” Of course, the rainy day refers to the future. Hence, someone with the distorted orientation of living just for now would suffer the consequence of imprudence and folly in the immediate and remote future.


Moreover, living just for now doesn’t even in the least way following what the old but true adage says to “make hay while the sun shines.” No! Not at all! It rather projects and supports thoughtless consumption of the entire provision of available pasture right now—and just abandon the left-over to rotten or, perhaps, simply throw it away. It says “why do we have to make any hay when we have sufficient fresh green grass now? Come on, let’s live for now!”


However, come along and let’s take cue from the ants—the tiny almost always over-looked and unnoticed creatures that often have something important to teach us through their unuttered preaching. They are such wonderful creatures “which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provide [their] meat in the summer, and gather [their] food in the harvest.” (Prov.6:7, 8). That’s the art of living now but not just for now—planning for a later time while living now. I now wonder how sometimes the far lesser and lower creatures that can’t be compared with us highly sophisticated, advanced, talented and extremely endowed higher creatures made in God’s own image could display better sense of intuitive intelligence and discretion in far-reaching decision-making processes.


Furthermore, pertinent to note is the fact that making the wise decision to incorporate plans for the future in our living is not to be based merely on the temporal terrestrial jurisdiction or clime only. Or else, the following description would apply to us: “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” (Philip. 3:19). Utmost wisdom therefore demands that we make adequate provision for our eternal future as well. This is in fact, to be of greatest priority. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Mat.16:26, 27).


Now, are you living only for time in this world without considering eternity where exists no more (counting of) time? If the answer is rather on the affirmative, then you are risking living forever in a condition of eternal shame, irreparable loss, untold suffering and hardship! Jesus said in John10:10 that “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Therefore, I implore you to choose eternal, abundant life both for now and the future—that is in time and eternity. Choose Jesus and choose life. Live for Him. Be wise! Live for eternity!

Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.



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