16 Sep Running out of Time
“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence… Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!”
– Romans 13:11-14 MSG
We’ve never sat down as a family to watch The Lion King before, and this week, I turned it on for my daughter and I to watch together. As the movie opened and the sun rose with the song “Circle of Life” playing, I found myself getting emotional – this circle of life thing has an entirely new meaning as an adult than it did for me as a child…
This month alone, I’ve celebrated the births of 3 beautiful baby girls and I’ve attended birthday parties for loved ones, young and old. The beginning of life is so beautiful and so worth celebrating.
And then, in the midst of all this new life, an acquaintance lost a child… as I pray for her, I’m crying with another friend who mourns the loss of her husband, and praying with another friend that her mother will live to see the day her baby is born… And as if I needed another reminder that life is fleeting, September 11th was this week and it never fails to serve its purpose of bitter remembrance.
It really is a circle… life and death and death and life – glorious beginnings and devastating endings… all jumbled up and mixed together. As I sat there watching Simba with my baby girl, it hit me like a ton of bricks – there’s no time to waste. I can’t stand the thought of someone I love – or even someone I don’t know – completing the circle without knowing the goodness of Jesus and, as followers of Christ, that is how each and every one of us should feel. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow… there’s no time to waste.
we’re all running out of time.
I continue singing a song from Hamilton in which it says over and over “Why does he write like he’s running out of time?” and I think – that’s how I’m supposed to live my life – as if I’m running out of time. If you know Jesus and you have chosen to walk with Him, this is a reminder that we are called to share the good news at all costs. Go, sister, with such a deep love for others and the intense feeling that we’re all running out of time, and share the gospel. There’s no guarantee that we have tomorrow.
If you’ve been wrestling with this whole concept of Jesus – who He is and what it means to love Him, I want you to know that He sees you – He knows you – He has chosen you… because of Him we don’t have to be who we used to be. It’s like the words of this old hymn I grew up singing:
“No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”
This is the truth I’ve come to know. That Jesus’ life on earth, his death, and resurrection gives me an eternal purpose. His promise is powerful and nothing can separate us from His grace, love and mercy – He’s greater than our past mistakes, he’s bigger than our current problems, and he’s stronger than our future battles. I don’t have to carry guilt and shame. There’s so much freedom in that! And my future? It’s secure – Jesus commands my destiny! It’s because of this that I can be joyful in all circumstances. It’s because of this that I don’t feel hopeless in this broken world. It’s because of this that I am not afraid of the future. Does this mean that my life is easy? No. But this means that I have hope despite the hardship. From life’s first cry to final breath – my future is secure in Christ! There’s freedom, there’s hope and there’s joy in knowing that – the type that can’t just dissolve or go away.
That’s why I ask you today, what are you seeking after? Is it monetary success? More likes and comments? Is it approval from others? The perfect guy? A promotion? The next best thing? Will obtaining that thing bring you an eternal purpose and peace that surpasses all understanding? Truly, will it? Because knowing Him will. This is the power of Christ, and it can easily be yours.