Our meditation word for today is “time.” Just a few days ago, we changed our clocks and “lost” an hour – we experienced a time change. The New Testament, in Greek, has two different words for time. One is “chronos,” which refers to clock time or chronological time. The Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, and Luke generally follow Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection in chronological order, that is, they track Jesus’s life in real-time. The second word for time is “kairos,” which refers to God’s time or timing. Jesus often refers to "time" in this way, and John’s Gospel generally follows “kairos” time. When Jesus tells his mother, Mary, at Cana, that his “time has not yet come,” he is referring to the beginning of his ministry. When he tells his disciples, three years later, that his “time is coming,” he is preparing them for the end of his earthly ministry.
Too often, we live our lives by “chronos” time and forget that God’s time even exists. We live by our watches and our calendars. But God’s time should also be a factor in our lives. There is something God wants each of us to do today, tomorrow, this week, and so on. There is a plan God has for each of us that requires learning, training, and preparation. We can’t ignore "chronos" time and live in this world, but what would your life look like if you also focused on "kairos" time? In your life right now, what is God calling you to do? Will you make the time?
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