Right on Time
Our schedule isn’t necessary His…
March 8th, 2019
As linear creatures in a universe bound in time, we have an obsession with time, time management, and/or the lack thereof.
God is not restricted by time. He can, could, and will act at any point in our time. You might think because God exists outside of space-time he wouldn’t be concerned about the time we live in, but the truth is quite different.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6-8 (ESV)
Not too soon, not too late, but just the right time; is when God shows his love for us, despite being separated from him by sin; that is when he sent his Son to die in our place.
This is just one example of God’s time management. We’ll look at more and then consider how we can synchronize our schedule with his.
Waiting for the right time
I’ve known people that seem to grasp the Gospel but yet have things they want to resolve on their own before they surrender their lives to Jesus. This is foolish because Jesus takes us as the sinners we are, just as we are, with all the lumps, bumps, and impurities. Our current condition doesn’t matter to him at all, because it is the condition, he wishes to raise us to that is his desire.
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (ESV)
Right now, is ‘right on time’. When we have found time to get things taken care of, when I fix that issue, and when I’ve accomplished that; are not the times on God’s calendar he appropriates for our salvation.
Not that the perfect time of salvation is any particular day, but any particular day is the perfect time, you will find Jesus knocking on the door of your heart and asking to be invited in (Revelation 3:20).
There are dangers involved in hesitating our surrender to Christ Jesus. Contrary to God’s ability to operate inside and outside of time, our linear nature means we have one shot at getting this right. That one opportunity is the life given to us at the moment we were conceived in our mother’s womb. From this point, the clock starts ticking, counting down to the time of our appointed death. As soon as we have developed to the ability to be accountable for our behavior, we face a life or death choice. Those choices are to go it alone without God’s favor, or to yield to him and surrender our lives to him.
Giving our lives to God, is the means by which we are again born. But this time, not of the flesh as we were birthed by our mothers. This time of the spirit.
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
John 3:5-8 (ESV)
This new birth is so far greater than our fleshly birth was. From the second we are born into this world; we begin a struggle. That struggle starts with the first breath drawn into our lungs and continues through till the last breath we take.
The new birth marks our adoption by birthright into God’s family.
What do we mean by this?
Regarding the children of people, either they are born of the mother and therefore have a birthright or claim of kinship related to the mother and her husband, or they are adopted into a family, so even though they don’t share the same DNA, a decision has been made which establishes a claim of kinship to the parent establishing the same rights and responsibilities as a birthed child has.
With the birth of Children of God, because this is in fact a birth from the Spirit of God, there is a birthright associated with it. We talk about being adopted into God’s family, but in the birth of a Child of God we have that birthright and the adoption is nothing more than placing the name of the Father on us his children. With this birth, all the sins of the flesh are washed away by the grace of Jesus who died in our place and he places in us the Spirit of God, his Holy Spirit.
If we tarry in committing our lives to God, availing ourselves of the grace of Jesus, we risk the expiration of our time in this physical world, our time will be up.
There will be no negotiation at the gate of heaven. At this point we have either become the Children of God or we haven’t. In either case, we will continue through eternity either in the presence of the Lord or separated from him in eternal torment.
The right time is now!
If we haven’t committed our lives to Christ Jesus the right time to do so is right now, today, this minute. Waiting is foolishness. Our creator has offered a relationship of kinship with him and to reject that kinship is to also reject him. A rejection which will leave us eternally separated from him in torment.
If we have strayed away from the course which God’s laid out for us, then the right time is now to synchronize our time with God’s schedule and rededicate our lives to Jesus Christ.
Make sure your life is “Right on Time”.
In His Grace,