August 10, 2015
2 Corinthians 6:2 “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
There is an appropriate time for things to happen in life. One of the most important times is for a person to repent of their sin and to get saved. Notice the sense of urgency. Salvation is always presented as a need in the present tense. If a person is not saved, they need to get saved today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes because it is always today. Solomon says it this way:
Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
For those of us who are Christians, this is a settled decision which took place in an accepted time in our past and continues to impact how we live in the present, and guarantees us a wonderful hope for the future. If a person is not saved, they only have today in which to trust Christ as their Savior.
But there is a host of other time-sensitive realities that maybe are not so clear cut. For example: some of us have a hard time knowing when it is good to say something or when to keep our mouth shut.
Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
Now when we get it right, it is like what the above proverb says. But when we get it wrong…
“Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him” Proverbs 29:20.
We also have a hard time with being flexible in our schedules. Our western culture is driven by a time clock. We punch in and we punch out. We plan our day with our day planners and iphones. We don’t much like it if something unexpected interrupts our day, let alone our life. Accidents, injuries, illness, and other encroachments upon our lives are often perceived as unwanted, unnecessary interruptions. Have you ever heard somebody say, “I don’t have time for this. Why did this have to happen to me now?” And yet, the Lord can use these as tools to help us.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
The Christian needs to ask the question “Do I really believe that all things work together my good?”
And then there is death.
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
Here is a time sensitive appointment which we have no control over unless we commit self murder. We cannot set the clock for our ticket out of here, but we can be prepared and be ready for when God says time is up. Are we saved?
One of the most exciting time interrupters we should be excited about is the Second Coming of Christ. There is a crown of righteousness awaiting those who look forward to the coming of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Therefore, my brothers and sisters and friends, we need to make sure we
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Because of Christ’s Love,
Pastor John Schofield