Living in the Moment
– A Christ-Centered Perspective –
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne
Note from Kip…
One of the very few things that carry the same theme for the Christian as it does the world is ‘Living in the Moment”.
Not to confuse the issue, there are some stark differences to be certain to what the definition of this term is for the Disciple of Christ Jesus and others.
The world would tell you to live life today and do not be concerned about the tomorrow.
Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die has been taken from the scripture and contorted into an aberration of what the reference meant in context.
The secular version of Living in the Moment is to indulge in what pleases you now without regard to the future consequences because those consequences are not here yet. The underlying theory is that if one was to live every day seeking gratification of desire that you might avoid the consequences that lay ahead.
This is also a deception of Satan implanted in the minds of the lost that there is a chance that those consequences will never actually catch up to us.
The Gospel View
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared — whose will they be? ’”
Luke 12:20 (CSB)
In the parable of the foolish rich man, he is in fact eating, drinking and making merry. He brags that he has such abundance that he must tear down his existing barns and build bigger ones to store all that he has accumulated.
For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life?
Mark 8:36 (CSB)
These are temporal things, they are fleeting. They exist for a short time and then just as we cease to exists so do the things that we might desire to gather to ourselves.
All things visible are subject to the curse of corruption placed on this world as a result of sin.
So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (CSB)
So what the Gospel tells us, is a polar opposite of the gathering of physical treasure. Jesus said,
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (CSB)
The Christian definition for Living in the Moment has to do with investing our time, talent and treasure, in eternal things that are lasting.
Most followers of Jesus Christ harbor a great deal of fondness to what Paul wrote in the Love Chapter ( 1 Corinthians 13). But so many miss the point of that section of scripture that is at the very end of the chapter.
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love — but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (CSB)
The invisible things.
Have you ever considered why Paul said that love was the most precious of these three heavenly treasures? I’m sure I will want to ask him when we are in heaven with Jesus, but I think I know the answer to that because love is the reason for everything good from God.
It was Love that caused Jesus to speak the universe into being. It was with that same Love that He crafted everything we can see, smell and touch. It was Love that drove him to die for us on Calvary and vanquish sin and death for us.
It’s that Love that He implanted in each believer, His Spirit to guide and teach us.
It is for that Love that He’s coming to take us home to not just have Him living in us, but we will exist in constant contact with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
That is why Love is the greatest of those three treasures.
Living in the Moment – Christian Version
So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? ’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:31-34 (CSB)
It comes down to the motivating factor that we live by.
Both the world and Jesus tell us not to be concerned about tomorrow. The world says it because it wants you to believe you can avoid the consequences of your actions. The world wants us to satisfy fleshly desire and not waste of valuable time.
Jesus puts a value on ‘now’ as well.
Now is the time to Love. Now is the time to place faith and trust in those things which He has taught us. Now is the time to hope for the day when He will bring us home with Him where we can live in His presence for evermore.
These are the greatest of all gifts and we are to focus our moments to maximize each one.
Each moment of love because tomorrow is where we invest that our hope and not fear the consequences because we have faith in His promises to us that He would be with us and never leave us.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)
Regular readers probably saw that coming. Yes The Great Commission, but I bring it out only to stress the last part of this passage. These new disciples we are creating, we are to teach them to observe everything Jesus has commanded us, remembering that he is always going to be with us through this age while we are here in this life.
Then the moment that we transition in the blink of an eye from Him living in us to Us living in Him forever, a permanent attachment to the True Vine.
This moment is the only one that we can influence. It is this moment that we can share the Love of Christ with another. It is this moment in which we can serve someone else. It is this moment that we can tell someone about the new life living in us and how they can also find faith hope and love eternally through the blood of Jesus Christ our savior and Lord.
Back to the Love Chapter for another passage just before the last one, we referenced.
Love never ends.
But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (CSB)
This moment has been given to us as a blessing. A moment we can invest in things of the flesh, or a moment we can invest in treasure that will last throughout eternity, the Gospel version of ‘Living in the Moment‘.