Back in 2011, Miami rapper Pitbull released a song that would flood the airwaves and dominate the charts. In its chorus, he sang about drinking more than he should that night and taking someone home and making sure she felt good that night because there might not be a tomorrow. Tonight might be the last.
Did you catch the fatal flaw in Pitbull’s logic? He wants to get drunk tonight and have sex tonight because tonight might be all he’s got. Sin always says that. It focuses on how tonight could feel, on how here-and-now could go, on the short-term pleasure of crossing one of God’s moral boundaries.
But Paul knows a better way. He writes, “[Grace] teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12,13). You can say no to today’s passions (getting drunk, getting him back, getting your way, etc.) because you are waiting for tomorrow’s pleasure. Because of the grace of your Savior Jesus, you have a blessed hope—you are going to see the glory of God, a sight that will make all of life’s joys seem small.
So when that old pet sin comes knocking on your door and, like Pitbull, promises to make you feel good tonight, tell it that you are too busy waiting for your eternal and happy tomorrows.