A guest blog series by Amanda Whaley

“‘If you don’t die tonight what are you going to do tomorrow?’ and the answer should be, ‘I’m going to trust Jesus with all of my life, with everything, and that will allow you to live in the Kingdom of God.’ Now, if you do die tonight you may go to Heaven, but you see most people are not going to die tonight. They, like the rest of us, have to face life tomorrow and the day after and the day after.”

~Dallas Willard

http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artID=150

As Christians, our focus can be on the end game at the risk of missing life with Jesus today. ‘Jesus died so I can go to heaven.’ If we stop there, we lose sight of the breadth of living in the Kingdom of God.

“We have an innate drive towards becoming a specific type of person and having a specific type of future.” ~Jean Marie Jobs. Partnered with God, that is the abundant life He offers; however, that drive, if we are not careful, is replaced with ambivalence towards the challenges of day to day rather than seeing them as opportunities to grow.

Matthew 11:29-30 says “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It seems like a paradox to speak of rest and burden together, but it is in the day to day embrace of vision that we answer the question “If you don’t die tonight what are you going to do tomorrow?”