WPC Warm Up, February 24, 2014
We love the expression, "Carpe diem!" which means, "Seize the day!" What do you seize a hold of to "have" this day? That depends on why you think this day needs to be seized. Is it because you believe life is short? Or is it because you believe God is in this day? Read Ecclesiastes 11:1–7 and see how the Teacher advises us to "carpe diem". It's not what you might first presume. He says, "Send out your bread upon the waters". This is about practicing giving ourselves away because you never know what might come of giving. But does this inspire "seizing the day"? Something is missing. Now read Matthew 9:35–38. Jesus looks all around and sees hurting, worried, sick, harassed and confused humanity. Pain ripens us. What is missing is urgency. He says now it's time to bring in the harvest. The fields are ready. Carpe diem.
Pastor Dick Thompson