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Tomorrow Boaster

November 29, 2015

James 4:13-17

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

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Are you a tomorrow boaster?

I have to admit, that I am. I have honestly tried to work on this, but recently I know first hand a few recent conversations with my wife, were I have boasted about tomorrow.

Again this was taken from another amazing teaching from Francis Chan. It really hit home for me, and I know it will for you because this mindset is so common and even natural in our society and culture. We would never think twice if someone talked about tomorrow or next month without including God.

Why is this so important for a Christian?

Most importantly it is so vain and arrogant to really think that we have control over our own lives. Sadly, very common today, maybe even amongst our readers. As a fireman I see first hand how nobody has control over their lives; old or young, healthy or sick. All are subject to the God who is completely sovereign over all. Every breath is in His hands.

As verse 15 teaches we should speak as; If the Lord wills, and if this is what the Lord wants, this is what I will do.

Francis gave two very important reasons why this is so crucial for someone who is a follower of Jesus Christ:

  1. We understand the Sovereignty of God. For example, will I even live beyond this day, or moment?
  2. Our Submission to God. Having the heart and mindset that says; God, what do you want for me?

Then James rounds us up with calling it sin when we don’t do what we know we should. This is a great point, because we always focus on the sins of resistance. Like resisting lust, greed, and so on. But what about resisting the Will of God?

For many of us, this may be a new way of talking. Which means this will have to be a new way of thinking. My prayer is that all of us will not be Tomorrow Boasters. Rather, humble servants of Almighty God who has called us to be set apart and to live to bring Him Glory!

 

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