As I pause and savor the moments of today I’m reminded of A.W. Tozer’s wisdom, “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast.” Every year, every month, every day, every hour, every moment is given to us as a precious gift within the bounds of His eternal perspective. To us is given the privilege to be stewards of this most precious gift – TIME. We can invest time, enjoy time and savor time as we journey through the moments of eternity. Yet many just spend time, waste time, squander time or just try to get through each day’s burden, missing the gift of the moment. I have always had the burden that people would “get it.” “Get what?” you may ask. “GET LIFE.”
It would appear that much of what I deal with in my life and ministry are serving a multitude of people who are missing the point of it all. People rush through life, and like Peter in the Bible, they “follow Him at a distance.” (Matthew 26:58). It truly breaks my heart which is only a hint of what God experiences within His eternal perspective. And then finally life slaps people on the side of the head and there’s an awakening to regrets, having missed the extravagance of God’s timeless moments. Yes, it’s a paradox but it is all so very real and all so very beautiful. The life of God in our very souls is to be savored each tick of the day. He bids us to drink of this life throughout every waking moment. This was perhaps most striking to me of late as I have prayed with so many brokenhearted people who were depressed, suicidal, wounded, scarred and regretFULL – and rarely do I counsel with those who have a daily diet within the things of God. When one is Christ-centered, he or she will be Spirit-filled bearing the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering…). God promises this abundant life to all of His followers. Get God, get life and then the moments are filled with His presence. This doesn’t mean that trials won’t come our way, but within those painful times, God is with us, walking in the midst of the fire (literally – Daniel 3:25).
Paul wrote in 2. Timothy 1:8-9, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…” Think of this, before time began, before there were any successive moments, God had YOU on His mind within His design to display His divine purposes for an eternal relationship with Him through His Son. Thus before time, God created the gift of time, so that we can experience His love through the filling of His Spirit within time. So my encouragement is to drink in His gifts of grace every year, month, day and moment. Don’t squander the moments and live every day mindful that you can chose to obey God’s plans and purpose in which you will never have regrets. Once again my life verse blossoms with the fragrance of this virtue of His grace, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) Glorify God and enjoy Him FOREVER and ever and ever and ever and ever. And this promise is not only for the future, but it is to be enjoyed every moment of every day in the life that NOW is (1. Timothy 4:8b). God has created you for His purposes. Perhaps it’s TIME for you to get on board with that purpose, before time runs out.