"Live in the moment" they say. Really?
Hebrews 12:16,17 "...see that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears."
Yesterday stung a little and this may sting a little also...
Jesus is often described in the Bible this way: "The One who is, who was, and who is to come."
If you are a nerd like me you immediately notice it is out of order. Rather than past, present, future it is present, past, future. Why? Because we exist in the present. It is always Today. Yesterday is a Today already spent and tomorrow is a Today you may or may not see. Jesus is present Today, He was also present for every Today in the past and every Today in the future will be found to have Him there also.
So what about living in the moment? Good or bad? In Latin we find this common expression - Carpe Diem! Seize the day!
Like most questions there is not an absolute answer. If God is speaking to you Today to make a change, or reach out to someone, or offer an apology, or seek peace with someone, or give generously, or take stock of your life or whatever else He may be asking you to do than certainly Carpe diem! Don't hesitate. Don't put it off. Today if you hear His voice trust what He is saying and move forward.
However there is another kind of living in the moment that is a complete counterfeit and leave you with a tainted past that will affect all your future Todays.
Sexual immorality and Esau are cited as two examples of seizing the day in all the wrong ways.
Let's take a look at Esau since real stories of real people are the best ways to discover truth. Esau was the firstborn and as such the customs of the day made him the inheritor, not only of the family business/wealth, but the one to carry on the family faith and legacy. In Esau's case this was no small thing. He was the grandson of Abraham. The promises made to Abraham were to become his. Had Esau embraced his calling God would have been known to us as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau. What happened?
One day Esau went on a hunting trip which was neither wrong nor unusual for him. Gone a few days he caught nothing and returned home hungry. When he arrived the house was filled with the delicious aroma of stew cooking on the fire. Esau had to have it! The only problem is that his twin brother Jacob was cooking the stew and their ongoing rivalry prevented Jacob from just giving him some. Instead he asked "what will you give me in exchange for my stew?"
Esau could have paid in all kinds of ways or he could have just made his own. What he did do was give Jacob his birthright, his inheritance, his position in the family and all the blessings from God promised him through Abraham. All that for a bowl of stew. Seems pretty stupid eh?
Yet how many marriages have been either marred or completely destroyed because the new receptionist or the blonde across the bar was just too irresistible?
Living in the moment can create severe "morning after" issues. Next time you are about to be swept away by a tsunami of "I have to have this right now at any cost!!!" remember that right now is only a tiny piece of your story... is it worth it?
What would Jesus do in a moment like Esau's? Well in Gethsemane He had the choice between aborting the mission and going Home or facing all the things He faced at Calvary. Esau would have bailed on us. Jesus did not.
"Come follow Me..." - Today, right now. In the moment. Carpe Diem!