Here and Now
Pastor Michael Roberts
One of the things that my wife loves for us to do is to spend quality time together. There is nothing she looks forward to more than for us to just sit and watch Netflix together. However, I learned that my iPhone isn't allowed to make the trip, and if it ever does I hear her say, "Michael I want you here with me, right now. Not on your phone." Those words, "Here and Now" stand out to me because it speaks to the posture we should have each day as we follow Jesus... Psalms 118:24 says, "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." God wants me to live every day in the here and now. He has created this day with purpose in it that can be discovered and walked out. So Michael you are telling me that when it comes to God there are no throw-away days? Yes, that's what I'm saying, because of Psalms 139:16. It says, "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." The Psalmist is saying that God created everyday of our lives to have Meaning
to it; that everyday we can live with purpose, if we chose to live in the here and now.
However THE PROBLEM
is that at times we struggle to live in the here and the now. Some days we just get by, we live distracted, and we don't living in the here and now. As a result we miss out on what God would want to do in us and though us that day. So what stops us from living in the here and now? It comes down to what we focus on. When it comes to our lives, THE QUESTION
that we need to ask ourselves is, "Where am I looking?" Looking Back For some of us, it is looking back into our past that distracts us from the here and now. It can be very easy to keep our focus on what did or didn't happen to us in the past and allow that to dictate what our present looks like. For some of us, when we look back what we see is the negative. We see the destructive things we did or that were done to us. For others, it's more positive. We focus on who we were and what we accomplished in the good-ole days. Both can distract our attention from the here and the now.
10.1.17 MessagE Note
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The Apostle Paul
said this about looking back... Philippians 3:13, "...I focus on one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to the what lies ahead."
The great thing about life is that we can live with a purpose, that everyday can be lived in the here and now. But Mike if I'm not suppose to look back or look ahead. Where am I suppose to look?
Looking Ahead For some of us, it is looking ahead that distracts us from the here and now. It can be very easy to focus on what might happen or what might not happen and allow that to dictate what our present looks like. This can be bad. For some of us we are caught up in what might happen in the future. What if I get fired? What if someone gets cancer? What if the counseling doesn't work? What if my life never changes? This can also be good. We think about what our life could be if we had something or someone else in it. If I had that job things would be different, if I was married to that person, if I had that degree. While that thinking is not inherently bad, what it does is it distracts us form the present. Jesus, when talking to his disciples said this about looking ahead. Matthew 6:34, "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
We look up Because Psalms 118 says that this is the day the "The Lord" has made, we look up to Him to find our purpose for that day in Him. When we look up, we can live in the here and noW. Paul
said this about looking up. Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
." Can we this week take a moment each day to look? Maybe that is putting on a worship song, being quiet for 2 minutes and listening, reading our bible, or praying. Can we give God, by faith, each a day a moment where we stop and we look up to see what he would show us that day? To see what out purpose is for that day? Who knows what He will say, but I do know that a word or direction from God can bring meaning to any day. It will allow you to live in the here and now.