Time Travel 101
History marches to the drum beat of God’s timing. Life is most fulfilling when we do too. God is in control of what happens and when. The timing of events is purposeful. Jesus died for the ungodly at just the right time (Romans 5:6). Jesus said, “My time is not yet here” (John 7:6, NIV). He had an appointed time to be taken up into heaven (Luke 9:51). How can we march in step with God’s timing as we relate to our past, present, and future? How can we make the most of our brief hike down life’s path?
We learn from our past but cannot allow its failures and regrets to paralyze us. A personal failure taught me that people need to be a higher priority than my projects. I changed my priorities and moved on. I want to learn from the past, but not camp there.
Remembering God’s past faithfulness fortifies us to live fearlessly in the present. God told Israel to remember the time of their departure from Egypt all the days of their lives (Deuteronomy 16:3). They were to remember his love, power, and faithfulness. When the gales of worry assail us, we can escape their gusts in Him who is our refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). “He will be a sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6, NIV). Those who fear Him need not fear anything else.
Our priorities in a God-centered present are to love Him with all our being, to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-38), and to love other believers as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34-35). As we seek first His kingdom and righteousness, He provides everything we need (Matthew 6:33) and blesses us abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all we need, we will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). Doing good works is part of every Christian’s job description. We cannot do that well if we adopt and get cozy with the values of our culture. “Live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear” (1 Peter 1:17, NIV).
Like watching the ball during a drive helps golfers hit it far and straight, focusing on loving and serving God today prepares us to love and serve Him even more tomorrow and keeps us on the straight and narrow path. A key Time Travel 101 questions is, “What decision should I make or what action should I take today that would be best for the distant future?” To harvest zucchini a month from now, I must protect the plant from stem borers today, even though I am tired. What is best for tomorrow is usually not what is easiest today! #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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