Tonight we started a new sermon series entitled, ‘The EveryDAY Family’. As with most of my sermon series, this one has a personal twist and importance.
Several years ago, when Pokey and I were going through the difficult crossroads in our marriage and family life (about which we have written and spoken several times), we felt the burden of old, past mistakes cast together with an uncertain future.
During this time, I found the words of Jesus in Matthew 6 where he told he followers to let go of yesterday and tomorrow, and put our efforts into ‘Today’. ‘Today’, Jesus said, was the only point in time where we had any real effect. Therefore, why worry so much about days gone by and those not even here yet, when ‘right now’ was what mattered... for our faith, our marriage, our children, and our home.
Pokey and I, along with some amazing prayer partners, began to search the words and teachings of Scripture for how to build a life that captured the Good News of ‘Today’.
What we discovered were a host of scriptures in the Gospels and New Testament that focused on making the most of the time we have now. Not that we don’t learn from the past or plan for the future, but that, in both, we focus on the importance of the present in following Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Arising from the ashes of a broken relationship was the beauty of God’s grace that taught us how to live as the EveryDAY family, centering our lives and our home around four principles that Jesus taught his own followers about maximizing ‘this precious, God-given gift called NOW’.
We are assured that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Therefore, he has the full scope of time in his hands. Why not, then, focus on the small segment that we can affect, and then live it to the most faithful extreme of our abilities.
Friends, over the next four weeks, we will discuss these four principles--Consistency, Commitment, Communion, and Character. They are straight from the life and teachings of Jesus. I don’t believe you will ever see any one of these concepts the same again. Nor, do I believe that you take for granted one solitary moment of your life—at least I hope not. Jesus doesn’t.
Grab your Bibles and begin reading the latter half of Matthew 6, and see you tomorrow.
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Shane Stanford is a pastor, teacher and author committed to sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with the world.