20th June 2017

What Time is it?

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 (RSV)

A few years ago a friend of mine died from lung cancer in his early fifties. He had been a lifelong smoker and now the tumours in his lungs were draining his life away. We both knew the end was near. “You know,” he said in a quiet, raspy voice, “I often meant to quit but I always thought I had more time.”

I recognized a tragic truth in those words – and also how emblematic it is of our human condition. Many, if not most of us, live in a state of denial. We’re forever promising ourselves that one day we’ll change a bad habit, lose weight, start exercising, return to school, read the Bible, find out about God or do something to change the predictable course of our lives. Sadly most of us run out of time before ‘someday’ arrives. A few, of course, do have the drive, desire and discipline to change their future for the better.

God knows the weakness and frailty of human beings, knows our limitations, yet the Bible tells us that He still loves us. The Bible is good news. It paints a bright future ahead for all humanity. God, in the person of Jesus Christ, has done what we cannot. Jesus lived a perfect life, never sinned, knew exactly what time it was. Time for him to lay down his life to pay the death penalty for every human who has ever lived or will ever live. But Jesus was also resurrected and today sits at the right hand of God the Father as our high priest, intercessor and soon coming King.

I strongly believe that there are positive benefits in reading your Bible, going to church and developing a relationship with God. But we know, as God knows, that many people will want to do those things but never quite get round to it. The good news is that there is no time limit, no point at which you are cut off from God. The Bible not only talks about life after death, and promises eternal life, but also of a time when all humanity will be responsive to God. It’s always a good time to find out about God and his plan for your future. But the answer to the question, What time is it? is up to you. We may run out of time to change our bad habits, weight, fitness levels or the direction of our lives but we will never run out of time to respond to God. God loves you!

Prayer
God of grace, thank you for your incredible love for and patience with humanity as we struggle to appreciate all you have done for us through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association
Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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