What significance is this day of life for you? Is it of any value? Of any great importance? Will today’s date be remembered in any way in your lifetime?
For some brand new souls taking their very first breath, today is the beginning of life for them. Babies are being born today. Life is beginning. All that God has been creating in unseen places is being revealed today, and their existence will be seen. It is the day God assigned for their birth, and here they are. How absolutely glorious!
But that’s not you. You’ve already been here for a while. This is my 17,277th day of this life. Go ahead and go to daysold.com and discover what day of life this is for you. Today’s date does not mark the beginning for you.
For some souls who have completed their journey on Earth, today is the end of this life for them. They will take their final breath today. I was there with my Daddy as the veil between Heaven and Earth grew so thin. I heard him letting out deep belly laughs and saying “Oh, Jesus is so funny.” Then he would smile with such peace and say, “everyone is so happy here.” And then came his final breath with us, followed by his first in an eternal paradise. It was his end date. Today’s date will be that end marker on some lives.
But what about the rest of us? If this isn’t the day life begins, or the day life ends, is this day just somewhere in the middle with no tremendous value or importance? Is this day lost in the dash between the beginning and the end?
No, let me tell you exactly what this day is for the blessed souls who have a little living already under their belts, but haven’t arrived to the end yet: Today isn’t the day we begin, and today isn’t the day we end, today is the day we CONTINUE.
We continue to live. We continue to show up. We continue to receive and give and allow life to flow through us.
It can all get lost in that dash between the two big dates our lives will be remembered by, but today is the day we CONTINUE. If you are alive today, which I know you are because you’re hearing this, today, you continue!
Oh, how important it is for you to continue. No matter what the circumstances may be, your life continues today.
Acts 17:28 “For in him we live and move and exist.”
What Paul was saying in this scripture is our God is a living God. He is not some statue or idol that sits still. He is alive, he is moving, and it is in him that we live. This word ‘live’ is a translation of the Greek word for the physical vitality of life. There is a distinctive energy of God that rises up and gives us life. We don’t move and we cease to exist without God. Your entire existence depends on the one who Created you. The only way you CONTINUE to exist today is because God has declared this exact day of life for you.
This means there’s meaning and purpose to this day. It’s not just a blank dash between the day you were born and the day you die. It’s a precise day ordained by God for your very existence. It’s a day God declared your life would continue because he wants you here.
So, how could you ever declare your life as unimportant? How could you ever dismiss yourself as not enough or unworthy? You are wanted by the Almighty. You are specifically chosen by the One who created the entire universe to be here today. He has breathed life into you and presented a new day with opportunities this morning, with the intention that you would live, move and exist in him.
Today, your life CONTINUES!
Deuteronomy 30 has 4 paragraphs with the title “Choose Life or Death” in my Bible. This is a book written by Moses. Remember, baby Moses floating down the Nile river in a basket, rescued by the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter, then raised in the palace. Remember, Moses who stood up to Pharaoh and demanded “let my people go”, then led the Israelites out of captivity to take them on a journey to their Promised Land. Moses who God used to part the Red Sea. Moses who went up on a mountain and came back down with 2 stones inscribed by the very finger of God known as the “Ten Commandments”.
Yeah, that Moses. He knew a thing or two about life and death. He had experienced a whole lot of God’s promptings leading him to very uncertain and uncomfortable places to do things he didn’t feel qualified to do, and he had seen God’s power doing impossible things right before him. And Moses says, let me tell you about this dash you have between the day you’re born and the day you die.
Verse 11 and 14: “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.”
Basically Moses is saying, what I’m about to tell you is not impossible for you. What you need to do today is already within you. It’s not something you have to go search for. Your Creator has already made this know to you. You’re not dismissed because of any of your problems or excuses. THIS IS FOR YOU TODAY.
Verse 19-20: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses, between prosperity and disaster. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”
Today, this day, you have a choice to make. It’s a choice between life and death. Yip, right here in between, in your dash called your lifetime. Here sits today with a choice between blessings and curses. Between prosperity and disaster. Which do you want? What do you choose?
If you want life that comes with blessings and prosperity, there is a key, and that key is the choice to love God, obey him and commit yourself firmly to him.
It’s a choice, Sis, and it’s a daily choice. Today, as your life is offered to CONTINUE, will you choose to love God? Will you choose to obey him? Will you choose to commit yourself firmly to him?
It’s when we act like greedy, spoiled brats that we create chaos in our lives. It’s when we demand our way, and our way right now, that we make a mess of things. It’s when we fail to seek God first and start making choices under our own power, then we realize we weren’t not possbily obeying God because we weren’t asking God. It’s when we make a commitment, but we don’t stick to that commitment and we waiver because we just didn’t “feel” like following through with that commitment today.
This is the curse. This is the disaster. And we miss that today, in the middle of life, we have a choice. That choice determines our experience.
Remember, Moses was sharing this lesson with the Israelites who he was leading out of captivity in Egypt to the land God had promised them. If they would just CONTINUE living by loving God, obeying him, and sticking with their commitment to him, they would live in blessings and prosperity.
But, they didn’t. They didn’t obey. They grew impatient. They grew grouchy. They grew ungrateful. They grew fearful. And even though God had made a way for them to continue, they didn’t. They stopped on their journey before their destination, and there in the desert, they died.
Why? They forgot the key to life. The key to life God had given Moses to teach them, and now teach us so we don’t make the same mistake.
And it’s not a command that is too hard for us. It is not out of our reach. We literally have no excuses. God has already put the ability within us to live exactly as he has told us. We not only have the ability, but honey, it’s what we were built for. We were built to love God. Our very existence depends on him. We were built to obey God. It’s why there’s a little something within us that makes us feel yucky when we don’t and great when we do. We were built to be committed firmly to him, because we are held so perfectly in the palm of his hand every single day of our lives.
So today isn’t the beginning of life for you, and if it’s not the end of life for you, then you’re in the all important “CONTINUE” part of your life. You continue living today. Today is of tremendous value and importance, and you have the key to living it in a way that brings blessings over curses, and prosperity over disaster.
Stay committed to God.