DAY 14 OF 365 IN 2021
Hebrews 3:13 Instead, continue to encourage one another every day, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin,
I know everyday is made up to 24 hours and we go through this cycle 365 times every year. Over time therefore, we shift gear into self driving or autopilot mode. We do nothing out of the ordinary because after all, it is just another 24 hours. There is subsequently less intentionality and urgency about our decisions and actions.
However, in our text today, there is an interesting play on words “exhort one another daily, as long as it is called ‘today’. The reason why ‘daily and today’ appear in the same sentence is to emphasise the time scale. If I were to ask ‘what can you do with 24 hours’, answers will be uncountable: from using the extra time to meet a deadline, alter a course of action, complete a trip or brush up skills for a competition.
There will always be something that can be done in that amount of time to affect the outcome of any event that follows.
So in context, while the process of adopting a specific mindset or ideals occurs over a period of time, often across several days and months, there is also the opportunity to chip away at these every single time with an intervention. In practical terms, we could compare this to taking out a single piece of brick each day from a wall that is being built at a pace of one brick a day.
Every single opportunity that we have to impact the life of another person should not be put off till tomorrow. Beloved, today is here and so are you; so if there is anything to be done today, get started. If there is anything to be said to another, get saying. Sometimes, we may get away with missing opportunities, but every now and then, we pay a very high price for waiting till tomorrow.