Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Since the Quay County Sun is a Wednesday paper, today would be Christmas (OK, that wasn’t meant to be a cause-and-effect statement; it’s just that Christmas falls/fell on a Wednesday this year).
Because of scheduling changes during the holidays, however, and because many subscribers get their newspaper by mail, I’m not sure when you’ll be reading this, but I suspect it’ll also be called, “today,” although, Christmas Day will probably have passed.
The Bible says several things about “today.” Let’s look at some of them (all scripture citations are from the New International Version — read those today). Remember that whatever the actual date is, in its present tense, it’s still today.
First, and this is an easy one, “Today . . . a Savior is born to us; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).”
We know Jesus was born physically more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re to allow him to be born in us spiritually today and every day. That’s a theme in the song, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Christ being born in us happens initially when we become born again in him. We must allow that to continue daily by continuing to put to death the things that prevent him from being the Christ — the Lord of our lives and our Savior (John 3:3, 5; Romans 6:1-5; 8:9-17; Colossians 3:5-11; Galatians 3:26-27; 4:6-7; 5:24-25; Luke 9:23).
Second, the concept of living by the Spirit and keeping in step with the Spirit is something we must do today and every other day that’s called today. The in-dwelling Spirit of Christ reminds Christians that we’re God’s children and when we’re faced with temptation, he encourages us to take the way out God provides (Hebrews 3:7-14; 1 Corinthians 10:13).
We need that support daily just like we need our daily bread every day that’s called “today” so we can live for eternity (Matthew 6:11). The bread that sustains for everlasting life comes only from God and is represented by the life-giving Word (Matthew 4:4; John 1:1; 6:48-51). When we follow that life-giving Word, the scripture is fulfilled for us that day (today; Luke 4:18-21). That’s why we need to study our Bibles daily in the morning so we can meditate on what we studied throughout the day (Psalm 1:1-3).
Finally, God’s love for his children never fails because Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and he won’t change forever (Hebrews 13:8; John 3:16).
By the way, New Year’s Day is next Wednesday, God willing (James 4:13-15). Whether or not the Quay County Sun comes out that day, it’ll be called “today,” and we should make it the beginning of an acceptable year for the Lord. That being said, while God gives us life, breath, and all things, we’re not guaranteed our next breath (Acts 17:24-28; Psalm 39:5). Consequently, “Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).”
Won’t you let Christ be born in you today, whatever day it is?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org