THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 2, No. 22 – Monday, 29th May, 2017
(Hebrews 9:27, Psalm 90:12, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)
IS YOUR TIME THE RIGHT TIME?
It was Jean de La Bruyere who once educated humanity by writing: ‘Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity’.
No right-thinking man would dare to challenge such true statement; isn’t it? As disaster often has a way of choosing its dastard moments; so it did that faithful day, at that most unfortunate scene. What happened? A ghastly accident took place at a certain spot.
It was as grievous as anyone could imagine. But at the very point of dying, help came the way of one of the accident victims. Swiftly, a good Samaritan whisked him away in his own car to the nearest hospital.
In the course of their journey, the accident victim who had just 30 minutes to live kept asking a rather strange question. Instead of asking his helper: how far do we have to go? He rather ceaselessly requested: ‘how much time have we got, how much time have we got’?
That is a bit puzzling, isn’t it? Perhaps in a sense, we can say that he had much concern for his life being aware of the short time left for him to live. In another sense however, we can say that he was a man who had so much concern and attention for time management. Exactly the case, what the Lord is saying to all at the moment is three repeated questions.
First is how much time have you got? Second, how do you manage the time allotted to you in life and for that success? Third is the question: is your time the right time? Psalm 90:12 instructs: ‘so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom’.
The foregoing eternal instruction has but one obvious admonition: time management and wise usage of time. Agreed, there are circumstances and forces sometimes responsible for the waste of time, but I contend that the greatest waster of any time is the one to whom time has been allotted. And that is you and me.
Hear the way Lao Tzu put it: ‘Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’, ‘is like saying, ‘I don’t want to’.
The fact remains that a good number of the time man’s failure to meet up with time comes down to four principal reasons: namely, excuses, procrastination, postponement and im-prioritising. Do you fall into any of these four categories?
IF SO, NOW NOT NEXT IS THE LANGUAGE OF CHANGE FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF WISDOM (to be continued next week).
Altar call: Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
Hymn: Pass Me Not O Gentle Saviour
Repent for the time you have wasted.
2. O God, every time of greatness that has eluded me, restore them back to me.
3. Every evil waster, be cut off.
4. O God, give me a concerning head and an accounting heart for time management.
5. O God, the second quarter of 2017 is fast running out, let my time of testimonies appear.