“Like There Ain’t No Tomorrow”
It is common to hear folks talk about doing things “like there ain’t no tomorrow.” The idea of this expression is that people are doing something in such a hurry that it’s like they are expecting today to be their last opportunity to do it. Yet, even though this is usually just an expression, you do need to seriously consider how you are living your life in relation to the thought of “tomorrow.”
1) Some live like there is a tomorrow. Some people are critical of others for being in too big of a rush to get things done and place far too much confidence in “tomorrow.” They give very little consideration to the prospect that they may never have a “tomorrow” to do anything. They are like the rich fool Jesus spoke about in Luke 12:16-21. That man thought within himself, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry’” (verses 18-19). Yet, God called him a fool because he placed his confidence in himself and in “tomorrow.” His life would end that night and he would lose everything he had worked for!
2) Some sin “like there ain’t no tomorrow.” Some people know that they have no assurance of tomorrow. So, they are out to “live it up” today. They want to experience and gain as much as possible today. Therefore, they live for themselves and give no consideration to their souls. Although they do accurately consider the prospects of “tomorrow” as being uncertain, they are no less foolish because of their selfish ways of living. They do not focus on the life that is to come. They have taken the attitude that would only be true if there is no resurrection from the dead by saying, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (1 Corinthians 15:32).
3) You need to serve God “like there ain’t no tomorrow.” Here is the attitude you should have. Rather than living to fulfill your own physical desires “like there ain’t no tomorrow,” you need to live to serve God “like there ain’t no tomorrow”! James spoke about the uncertainty of “tomorrow” and how you should view it in James 4:13-16: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” Don’t be arrogant and think that you have tomorrow to get your life right with God. Make sure that you are doing everything you can in God’s service today! 2 Corinthians 6:2 says “now is the day of salvation.”
Live like “there ain’t no tomorrow.” Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that you have the assurance of “tomorrow.” It may never come. But, don’t live for your own selfish pleasures “like there ain’t no tomorrow.” Instead, serve God “like there ain’t no tomorrow”!