t's time: Awaken, be ready to serve

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

This last month I went on a vacation to Arizona. I had a scheduled time to fly out from Kenai to Anchorage, then another scheduled time to fly to Seattle and yet another scheduled time to fly from Seattle on to Phoenix.

Finally, in Phoenix I had another scheduled time to meet my children.

However, after meeting up with them, time no longer mattered. For one whole week, we actually lived without a schedule. We woke up when we pleased, ate when we pleased. There were no clocks. No plans made for any certain time. Not once did we hear the word "hurry."

What a time of relaxation! But we all know this can only happen on vacation.

A week later, back in Seattle, the "time" matter drastically changed. I heard phrases like, "We have to leave in 10 minutes," or "We can stop at the store for 20 minutes." We were operating on a very rigid schedule once again.

We see this thing called time passing quickly. I wonder, can it be that four months have passed already since we celebrated the new year of 2002?

God's Word warns us over and again to consider the time, to redeem the time. As one approaches the age when he has lived more years than he has left, the subject of time begins to be more serious.

In Psalms 90:12, Moses prays that God will teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Consider how few our days are. Learn to appreciate our time here on Earth. When we consider this we will realize the value of gaining wisdom.

In Hosea 10:12, Hosea tells us it is time to seek the Lord, telling us what to do, he says "Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground."

It is time to sow, time to plant the seeds that we, at a later time in life, desire to reap. There will come a time in our life when it will be too late to replant some of the harvests we will regretfully have to reap.

In Romans 13:11, we are told it is time to awaken out of sleep. The time is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us put off the darkness (put off our comfy night clothes) and put on the armor of light. Then we are told how to prepare for this day, by walking honestly, not walking in rioting or drunkenness, or in impurity, strife or envyings.

We as God's people no longer live in darkness, but we have put on the Lord Jesus Christ because the day is at hand. It is high time to wake up and begin to live as we have been instructed in God's Word.

I believe we need to ask ourselves, "Am I asleep and indifferent to the things that really matter or am I fully awake, dressed in the armor of light and ready to be in the service of our Lord?"

What a truth to the words spoken long ago, "Only one life, t'will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."

Pat Knowles attends the Birchridge Community Center where Cameron Dockery is pastor. Services are held at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center Sunday at 9:45 and 11 a.m. and Sunday evening at 6 p.m.



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