Redeeming the time.

February 16, 2009

I wonder how differently we would live if we really understood the brevity of life, the uncertainty of tomorrow, the urgency of the gospel message, and the imminence of Christ’s return.

Then perhaps the trivial would truly be trivial, and weighty matters would really carry some weight.  We can’t take time for granted, thinking it’s continuous when it’s actually fixed.  Time is only for a short while; eternity is not.

How will the fearful Christian answer to her Maker when she must give account for the people she feared rather than loved?  How will the pleasure-seeking Christian answer to his Maker when he must give account for the opportunities he wasted for the sake of his own pleasure?  How will the morbidly introspective Christian answer to her Maker when she must give account for the faculties (and time) she squandered on self-focused thinking?  How will the procrastinating Christian answer to his Maker when he must give account for those souls he put off with his “later”s and “next time”s?

There’s a reason Paul exhorts Timothy as a soldier and reminds the Corinthian church that they are ambassadors.  Soldiers and ambassadors are singleminded.  They know they only have so much time.

So many we see today we may never see again.  So many opportunities presented to proclaim Christ today may never come again.  (Opportunities like life and breath.)

Apart from Christ, sin actually brings condemnation.  A Christless eternity in Hell actually is the destination for those who don’t know Christ.  The day of salvation will actually end at any moment.  The day of salvation is only for a measured season, and there is no “Indian summer” to follow.

Oh, that we wouldn’t be guilty of any man’s blood on our hands because we’ve failed to tell the whole counsel of God.  That we wouldn’t sleep while it is our watch.  And if you are a believer, it is your watch … as long as you have breath.  Are you redeeming the time?  (Am I?)

I don’t know if a few raindrops were already falling as Noah began to board the animals onto the ark.  I don’t know if Noah made a last “round” to warn his neighbors and all he knew of the imminent judgment to come before entering the ark.  But if those initial raindrops did fall, I can imagine our time now is like the time of those first raindrops.  Raindrops warning of the wrath to come.  And now is the time to make the urgent call to come while the door is still open.

We don’t have a moment to lose.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)


6 Responses to “Redeeming the time.”

  1. Cassandra Says:

    God, help us to be bold!!

  2. Derek Wong Says:

    Those are some good thoughts to being focused on the important things in life! All too often I too am easily distracted by the things of this world, and the things of heaven are not foremost in my mind.

    How will you do this?

  3. tia Says:

    Man, way to nail me with an application question! Couldn’t you just leave me in abstract bliss? (I kid.)

    I’ve been thinking about what that would look like in my own life, and I think application for me comes first at home with my immediate family. And those series of four questions in the third paragraph … that would be the starting place.

  4. cathiekimn Says:

    Those four questions are good to munch on. Steven & I have been thinking through similar things since the last sermon we heard at Cornerstone… :] Miss you.

  5. courtneychow Says:

    Um…like all of your entries this was challenging. I’m printing this out and taping it to my journal. And my wall. And my heart.

  6. tia Says:

    Cathie: Miss youuuuuu. And is Cornerstone’s sermon posted online somewhere?

    Courtney: It IS challenging. It’s what He really impressed on my heart through the Word this past weekend. Let’s touch base in a little bit and see how application of this has been …

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