Living in the moment

Just live in the moment . . . or so we’re told.

You want the shiny new car?

Buy now and pay later.

Marriage taking too much work?

Find a new spouse that makes you happy.

In one way or another, we’ve all bought into it. It works because we human beings are finite creatures. We’re bound—to a great extent, at least—by time.

We’re aware of the past, and we anticipate the future, but more than anything, there’s today.

That causes problems, of course.

The Lord described himself as the Alpha and Omega in several places. He’s our Alpha, our starting point, our Creator. “In the beginning God created,” and “In the beginning was the Word . . .” He’s never not existed.

But he also wants us to look in the other direction.

Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, and Jesus uses it to point to that time in the future when everything will converge.

As Tim Keller puts it, all of history is rushing headlong into his lap.

All things come from Jesus, and all things are going back to him.

When we forget that, we get messed up. We make decisions that bring us the most immediate satisfaction, but we fail to consider the long-term effects.

I struggle with that, don’t you?

It’s so easy to buy something I want right now, when that money—God’s money—might be used later for a better, less selfish, purpose.

It’s tempting to postpone spending good, God-focused, character-building time with my kids for that nebulous point in the future when everything slows down.

I want the courage to live today—every day—with an eternal perspective.

I need the discipline to make decisions right now based on something more substantial than what’s easiest in the moment.

Jesus is the Omega.

He’s the End Point, the Judge, the One “to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Everything is converging toward that final day when he’ll gather us home and all of history will be understood as his story.

We live today, but let us live it as it is—one more opportunity to be used by our Lord to bring eternity to a time-bound world.

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