I am convinced that today’s advertising companies intentionally target what this generation is living for. One of the bill boards I saw read; “Live for now,” and another read, “Live life today.” Our generation is living for the moment,and anyone who understands this, is able to make maximum profits from this generation. Some crafty preachers have also understood this reality, and in the name of God, they are making profits too!The rest of this article seeks to explore this sad reality and by God grace offer some remedy. Read along!
THE SAD REALITY
One of the greatest follies of this generation is the craving to settle for less than the best because we do not have the patience to wait for the best. We settle for mud pies instead of meat pies, the temporal at the expense of the eternal, five minutes pleasure at the expense of eternal joys, and we are willing to enjoy now and suffer forever. Like Esau of old, we sell our birthright for a bowl of soup! Esau sold his birthright which had far reaching value and long term benefits in exchange for a piece of meat that would only last for few hours in his stomach! Can you imagine giving up your inheritance worth billions of dollars for the sake of a piece of chicken? That is what Esau did, and I know most of my readers may be saying, “I would not do such a thing! However if you take a closer look, you will discover that this is the life style for many people these days including the best of us sometimes. We forfeit the things that are permanent for the sake of the things that are but for one brief day! This state of affairs is saddening and calls for a thorough diagnosis of our times. For the record, Esau latter on regretted
WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE LIVING FOR THE MOMENT?
The reasoning of our day says, “I want bread, and I want it now!”This is the same heart attitude that caused Esau to settle for a piece of meat over his birthright. For Esau, the satsfication of his hunger was more important to him than the future long term benefits of his birthright. His remark was, “I am about to die; of what use is the birthright to me?” You do not have to be a genius to know that missing one meal of the day cannot kill a man! All that Esau was saying was, “I Esau live for the moment; I live life today and I do not care about the future. In his remark, “…of what use is the birthright to me,” he communicated what he valued the most, the temporal life, the temporal benefits, life today and now!
There is a shade of this momentary living that is subtle to detect because what makes the difference is motive. The Bible encourages us to work hard and live an inheritance for our children. However if this done with the motive of the rich fool, who said, “I will tear down my barns and build larger ones and there store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my Soul, Soul you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink and be merry.” (Luke 12:18-19), then you are still living for the moment. Some people are competently investing in; businesses, education, family, sports etc except matters of eternity! This is still living for the moment because the earth and everything in it will be destroyed one day (1Peter3:7).
HOW CAN WE AVOID LIVING FOR THE MOMENT?
First, we must train our minds to think of things that have value both for this life and for the life to come (1Tim 4:8). After we have done that, we must invest our time and energy for that which will last and somehow, I think this is common sense!
Second, we must know that there is more to life than the perishables that preoccupy us. We must reckon that there are two realities: earth and heaven, things seen and things not seen. If we invest on earth, we must also face the sad reality that earthly treasures are subject to destruction, rust and theft (Matt 6:20). Peter reminds us [Christians] that there is an imperishable inheritance (1Peter 1:4) that does not fade kept in heaven for us. Dear Christian, this is a reality for you, and you must see to it that you live in view of this reality. There is no greater folly than to forfeit heaven’s imperishable inheritance for the sake of earth’s perishable wealth.
Third, we must remember that we are but pilgrims. Concerning this truth Ryrie remarked, “The New Testament does not promise us much in this life because we are pilgrims!” We are citizens of heaven (Col 3:1), and as we pass through this foreign land, let us remember to gather up jewels for our homeland!
The Bible is full of warnings against the concept of living for the moment. Jesus warned, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 10:39). “What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and yet loses his soul?”(Matt 16:26). Charles Ryrie rightly remarked, “We are pilgrims and the New Testament doesn’t promise us much in this life.” Do not believe the lie that, “you should have the best life now,” it is a lie from the pit of hell! Look beyond what you see and learn to live for what will last for eternity!
Sandala Mwanje is the Dean of Students at Central Africa Baptist College. He blogs at http://sandalamwanje.wordpress.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.