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Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

Make the Most of It

Don't waste God's good gift.

Time, indeed, is made with all things that are made. It is neither made before them, nor is it preferable to them, but it is co-created with them.

  - Eriugena, Homily on John 1.1-14 (Irish, 9th century)

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

  - Ephesians 5.15, 16

The resurrection of Jesus Christ clarified the nature and purpose of time.

With His resurrection and ascension Jesus ushered the Kingdom of God into the human situation. He poured out His Spirit and uncorked an unlimited reservoir of spiritual energy into the flow of human history. Wherever the Kingdom flows, like rivers of living water, it makes all things new, and recovers the divine purpose for time.

Time is the succession of moments out of the Lord's counsel, through the present, and back to the Lord of glory. God's purpose in giving us this precious gift is so that we might bring His glory to light in all our words and deeds, that the world may know that Jesus lives, God rules over the affairs of men, and the gift of eternal life and glory is now available to all.

The only time you and I have is the present moment. The future is not yet. The past is gone, never to be recovered. The only time is the present moment. Eriugena counsels us to receive each moment as a divinely-created gift, and Paul exhorts us to make the best use of it. The unwise person has no regard for God or what He might have in mind for our time: The fool says in his heart, "There is no God" (Ps. 14.1).

But believers, knowing God, cannot live this way. We must live each moment as though it were God's moment, not ours, because it is. Each moment holds its own unique opportunity for declaring the resurrection life of Jesus and showing the hope of glory which we have in Him.

But we need to get ahead of the moments of our lives, planning for them carefully, approaching each one in prayer, and making the most of each moment so that it sparkles with the resurrection newness of Jesus.

The world has enough time-wasters - people who think that time is just a free commodity which we can do with what we please. But the Word of God created time, upholds and sustains it, and entered time to suffer on our behalf. And now He is holding back the end of time so that, with all the moments in our possession, we may make known His resurrection power and life to the world.

Today, how will you make the most of your time? As others observe you, spending your moments, will they notice a hope they do not have, a joy and peace they long to possess, a commitment to excellence and stewardship that declares your allegiance to realities beyond time, and that will last forever?

Make the most of your time, beloved. Don't waste God's good gift. Being good stewards of our time is an important part of an ongoing self-watch. And such a self-watch is part of the life of practicing the Kingship of Jesus, which is the subject of our course, Spiritual Maturity 1: Revival. You can sign up for this course and take it free of charge.

You'll have the time of your life.

T. M. Moore, Principal

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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