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Written by Guest Contributor, Ben Anspaugh | October 19, 2023

“Live like there is no tomorrow.” This is the anthem of the American Dream, isn’t it? Take that vacation. Travel the world. Go to that concert. Afterall, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, right? So, “live like there is no tomorrow.”

Most people have probably heard this phrase, or some version of it. I believe that this principle is true. Yes, we are not guaranteed tomorrow, and yes, we should live differently as a result. But how we respond to this reality is vitally important – especially for a follower of Christ. Every day is a gift, and we must steward it well.

The scriptures describe our life as a mist, one moment it is there, the next it is gone:

Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14 ESV)

There is a necessary urgency that results from contemplating the brevity of life. This truth should reform how we live out all areas of our life, including how we steward our finances. In his letter to the Ephesians the Apostle Paul urges:

Look carefully at how you walk not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV)

One way we can begin “looking carefully at how we walk” is by evaluating our spending. When we are about to make a significant purchase, we should consider this question: “How would the Lord want me to spend the resources he has given me?” Afterall, when we stand before the Lord, our life exposed, what will really matter? The tickets we bought to go to the Super Bowl, or giving to our local church, Christ’s bride, which he gave his life for? The trip we took to our dream destination, or buying lunch for a brother or sister in Christ who is going through a hard time? Our impressive sneaker collection, or the years of investments we made to the missions organization where the gospel was sent out to an unreached people group?

My purpose is not to say that Super Bowl tickets, vacations and sneakers, are wrong in of themselves. Oftentimes, these can be ways we experience God’s generosity back to us. It’s just that there must be a reprioritization of our desires.

So, the challenge is this: We shouldn’t delay our generosity. I am not suggesting we hastily spend our money at every opportunity to be generous that presents itself to us, but rather that we be wise, search the scriptures, and start praying about where we can invest in things that will matter in light of eternity. Our lives are short, so let’s make today the day we begin the process of stewarding our finances for God’s glory.

Afterall, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, right? So let’s “give like there is no tomorrow.”

 

Bio:

Ben Anspaugh serves as an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Elgin, IL. Ben has now been serving as a missionary through FCA for just over a year. He currently resides in Elgin, and spends much of his free time serving at his local church.