One Day It Will Be “Tomorrow”

… again He appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 4:7

God has appointed a day for all men to repent. He calls it, “Today.” When should you turn from your sin? When should you end your rebellion? When should you take care to soften your heart? “Today.” Are you breathing air? Is your heart beating? Has Jesus returned? Then guess what: It’s still “Today.”

But be warned. It won’t always be “Today.” God has appointed another day. One day your life will end. One day you will face Him in judgement (Heb 9:27). One day He will split the sky wide open, and “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thess 4:16). On that day, it will no longer be “Today.” On that day it will be “tomorrow,” and all the promises of salvation for “Today” will be gone.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that “Today” the promise of entering the rest of God still stands (Heb 4:1). Paul tells the Corinthians that “now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). If the promise of salvation is for “Today,” then turn to Him now. Hear the urgency of the call of the Psalmist: “Today, if you hear His voice” (Psalm 95:7). Christ died for your sins. He was buried and raised. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father. And He calls you to repent and believe the gospel, “Today.” God is commanding “all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Will you harden your heart to the promise that stands “Today,” or will you wait until it is “Tomorrow?” Do not be deceived: When it is “Tomorrow,” the hand of grace will be withdrawn. There are no do-overs. The promise for entering His rest are for “Today”.

Christian, are you mindful of the distinction between “Today” and “Tomorrow” in your evangelism? Do you have the same sense of urgency in your proclamation of the gospel? Are you guilty of preaching a take-it-or-leave-it gospel? God is extending reconciliation to all who would believe, and He is commanding all to repent. He has given us this message of reconciliation, and God is pleading through us. “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). The gospel requires a response. A failure to respond is to roll the dice about “Tomorrow.”

Brothers and sisters let us plead and implore while it is still called, “Today”. Let us take hope in our evangelism with lost family members, coworkers, classmates, strangers, that the promise of entering His rest still stands. Let us fear, lest anyone should fail to enter, and, “knowing the fear of the Lord,” let’s persuade others (2 Cor 5:11). For those who are lost, let “Today” be the day of salvation for you. No more waiting. Because one day it will be “Tomorrow,” and it will be too late.

© Jacob Crouch 2023

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