Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kicking out the cobwebs on Time....

I guess the dusty idea we're bringing out today is the idea that we don't have to fill our calendars up. I guess if you are always saying we just don't have time to do this or that, this is for you. Why do we plan all our time away? Do we really have to know every move we're gonna make over the course of a week or month? If the Lord is walking by our side does his calendar match ours? More correctly does our calendar match his?  

We only have now, the present, and eternity. This blog will be concerned with the present.  Jesus makes it plain about the present when he said in Matt. 6:25, 31 and 35 not to take thought of tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself.  The present day has enough evil to go around. I am paraphrasing and I hope that makes you feel compelled to check that out.

What areas of time would satan have us concern ourselves with? He really would love for us to live in the past I think. To be able to dredge up every little and big thing that we've ever done when we missed the mark. If he could just get us to dwell on that portion of time, and rub our noses in it. It can be debilitating. 

I think satan would also like for us to be anxious for the future. Both of these positions keep us from focusing on Jesus in the present, thats the entire crux of the matter. Satan wants you to think about how you have thought of Jesus or how you didn't think of Jesus, and how you're going to think of Jesus. Anything to keep you from thinking about Jesus right now, the present.

It might be helpful to remember that Jesus was never big on making any plans other than the one the Father gave him. Not trying to be silly, but I don't see any reference to the holy calendar of future deeds in the new testament. Being Christ like is going to have to make us all think, including myself, about our choices for the present as we go through life.  We don't have any choices to make for the past, and the future is in God's hands as always. I don't believe not having a full calendar makes us lazy and unproductive.  I believe it just leaves time open for God to work in our lives more fully.