April 13, 2012
A few weeks ago we moved our clocks forward for daylight saving time. It’s interesting how we once had “time on our hands” before man invented so many time-saving devices.
Today I have time on my mind, and it is occupying more of a place of importance in my thinking and even in my dreams, and I take these things seriously.
In Ephesians 5, the church is told to walk as children of light and awaken from sleep. In Verse 15, the command is to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as the wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Circumspectly means to be aware of what is going on around us.
I believe strongly the message for the church today is to wake up, look what is going on, and with urgency redeem the time.
In Genesis 1:14, we can see that time as we know it was created by God. And the Lord called people in time and worked through time to fulfill his purpose in time.
Through the patriarchs, prophets, priests, kings and the nation of Israel, the Lord guided time down to a narrow focus on the One coming in the line of David who would fulfill all of the purposes and plans of God for time.
And so it was “When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law” (Galatians 4:4).
When time was full, God stepped into time again and brought forth His only Son: born in a manger, born of a virgin, raised in Nazareth, ministering among Jews and gentiles, healing sickness, casting out devils, cleansing lepers, raising the dead, fulfilling the prophecies of old while over and over again saying “My time has not yet come.” But then the time came when Jesus lifted his head and prayed, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son.” That’s what God meant to do in time. With His Son on the cross, He redeemed mankind. Alleluia!
But, not only did God create time and fulfill his redemptive purpose in time, he will someday soon call time. Not time out, but time over! There will be no more time.
“And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth forever and ever ... that there should be time no longer” (Rev 10:7).
All that we know of as time will cease to exist. God, who created time and worked in time and sent His Son in the fullness of time is going to say, “Time’s up, that’s it, no more time.”
We can throw away our watches and calendars. We won’t have to worry about being on time or saving time. That which we know of as time will cease to exist when God says, “That’s all the time there is.”
In the meantime, we are to redeem the time. That word “redeem” means to trade in for something of greater value. We must realize that when we come to profess our faith in Christ, we’re saying, “I give up all rights to my time. Lord I give you my time for something of greater value, for that which is eternal.”
It is obvious we can’t keep time in a bottle as Jim Croce sang. I found it ironic that Croce was killed in a plane crash less than a year after he recorded that song.
This reminds me of the man wanting to store up earthly things for the times ahead to have a sense of security, but the Lord said, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20)
Today, look at your life, and in view of God’s Word, ask, “Am I wasting time?” “Am I spending my time foolishly?”
Wayne Cordeiro tells the story of a friend who turned in a Bible college term paper. When he got it back, the professor had written on it in bright red ink; “Great paper! Excellent illustrations! Super good footnotes! Outstanding bibliography. Wrong assignment: “F.”
If we are not careful we’re going to end up one day with the Lord saying, “Tons of money. Big House. Nice car. Good neighborhood. Impressive degrees. Outstanding career. Wrong assignment: ‘F’. I never asked you to do that.”
It’s time now for us to be done with lesser things and give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the king of kings.
There are four words ringing in my ears these days, a phrase from the movie “Rocky III.”
Rocky is training, but his heart is not in it. Apollo, his trainer, is encouraging him to train hard for the battle ahead. Rocky lets down his gloves and with a sigh says, “Tomorrow.”
In response, Apollo’s screams, “There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow!”
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart. Redeem the time while you still have it.