Why Does Jesus Tell us to focus on today?

The sermon on the mount is a sermon that teaches those who would listen about how to obtain the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. That’s not all it does, but I’ve come to find, as I’ve studied it and done my best to live it, that Jesus is pointing to ideas and understandings that we will need as we come up to face the opposition that will be thrown at us as we stand on the Word of God in our daily lives and are tempted to leave the ideals of the Kingdom for our own way.

Jesus says this in Matthew 6:34

‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’

Matthew 6:34 NKJV

Now, before this Jesus is talking about how God will take care of all of our needs if we will seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (which is to have faith in God as well as His ability to provide for you).

But think about it. In your mind, how much of your time do you spend thinking about moments that “might” happen. How much are you thinking about the work that you left at the office, or the bill that needs paid that you don’t have money for yet, or the perceived need that you have with fixing up your home, or getting an oil change before you go on a trip next week, etc. These are just examples. But the truth is, the enemy is working in you to think about these things because Jesus has given us the command to not worry about tomorrow but to focus on today, right now, the present moment.

Why does Jesus tell us to focus on today and not worry about tomorrow? There are a lot of answers to this question, but the root of the answer is that if you think about something outside this present moment, you will be tempted to start to come up with a solution for it on your own. You will have disconnected from God to start coming up with ways to take care of yourself. You will have made yourself your own provider, your own God, whom you serve.

Paul reminds us to be constant in prayer in Romans 12:12. The secret to the contentment through the trials that Paul is talking about, is to remain continually connected to the Father in prayer.

Now, most of you think of prayer as something you do when you close your eyes and are intentionally sitting down to talk to God. It’s almost an afterthought. But that isn’t the way we are supposed to walk, and this isn’t the way that Jesus did walk.

In order to achieve the oneness with God that Jesus talks about in John 10:30, we must be constantly connected to the Father. This means, we must have a focus on God in all moments, even as we are carrying out what He is guiding us to do. We must become able to attune our senses to what God is speaking in all circumstances no matter the conditions that are before our eyes.

Paul was in Prison and yet He was content. How is this? Because even in Prison, God was where His focus was. The enemy would want him to focus his attention on the bars and the walls and the negative conditions with which the world, and perhaps even his own ego would perceive the present moment. But instead, Paul was able to keep his heart fixed and focused on the still small voice of God, inside of him, where Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is inside of you (Luke 17:21).

Don’t worry about your life. Don’t worry about your job. Don’t worry about any of the things you are used to worrying about. Instead, stay focused on the present moment and not that which is perceived with your physical senses, but that which is heard in a whisper inside of you, that is from God. In this, you will be led just as Jesus was led, just as Paul was led, just as the disciples were led, and just as the Kingdom of Heaven would lead you.

When you do this, you will see the miracles of God, because you’ll be attuned to the senses of God and through you, God will perform many miracles and signs. Not so that men would glorify you, though some may do so as they do not understand the source from which it comes, but so that God may be honored in your life and that your faith may be made stronger with God.

This is why Jesus tells us to focus on today. I have a personal testimony of the truth of these words and you will too if you only choose to live it. You will live the Kingdom now if you choose to do so and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, just as Jesus spoke, so I speak to you now. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

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