Balance is tricky. Whether it’s work/life, spending/saving, it’s easy to tip the scales in either direction. When and now is another tipping-point, and the scale is often tipped in favor of “when.” When I get another job… When I move … When I have enough money… This means that now is not of the essence, not on the front burner, and not the
focus. Is it OK to think of Whens’?
The hymn writer knows that this world is not her home. She will shout victory, the ultimate victory over death, pain and sin! We’ll look forward to all that our Savior has promised and prepared for us. But, when can uproot ‘now and “in this moment” thinking. It can hijack being thankful and rejoicing in the moments that we now have to praise God for his goodness, his provision, and the chances we have to make a difference.
While it’s OK to tip the scale to When and look forward to our heavenly home, it’s also vital to live in the moment and make the most of every opportunity. Paul encourages us: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”--NIV Eph. 5:15-16 Living in the “now” calls for us to live in, and be the light of the world.
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.