“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day…” (Hebrews 3:13, KJV)
I was noticing how, in this verse, there is a space between the words ‘To’ & ‘day’, which intrigued me. Looking up this instance of ‘day’ in Strong’s Concordance (#4594 Greek), I found that it generally means ‘now’. In my own life, I have often intentionally placed myself in the ‘now’ to cope. Focus sharpens, anxieties melt. ‘Now’, for me, translates to operating in the mind of Christ, in His presence.
At least, this is how I perceive it.
This Scripture suggests to me that it will not always be ‘now’. I don’t know what that means exactly. but the thought is sobering. And so while it IS still ‘now’, it is time for me to lay down parts of my life, in order to more deeply know and serve Jesus. While it is still ‘now’, work needs to be done.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important Jesus is.
The mysteries of life are by God’s design. (Ephesians 3:5, 9) To operate within them, to navigate through them, a person NEEDS Jesus. You need to know what He teaches, and what He has done to make this possible, to come out safely on the other side. You need to know – if only in moderate amount – about powers & principalities that do exist, and to whom the workings & wisdom of God are ‘now’ being made known (Ephesians 3:10). (To be clear, ‘now’ as used in this verse is translated from a different Greek word (#3568), but means ‘now’ or ‘present’.)
This thrills me.
‘Now’ is a powerful & exciting time. We see so much chaos & evil in this world – we are seeing, I believe, the increasingly frantic, diabolical maneuvers of Lucifer to prove to God that he & his cohorts can restore & govern this world system (Sidebar: Yes, We Can! Sound familiar, anyone?). His efforts travel the world…indeed, the universe. Instead, the outcome will be that God will prevail. He is showing “by the church” His eternal purposes. It is an outworking that is happening NOW.
Think about your part in this.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee (1 Timothy 4:14)