Now and Always

Text: 2 Peter 3:8-14

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend”.  This is a quote from Diogenes Laetius, a 3rd century AD biographer of the Greek philosophers.  It is this time of the year when our focus on time is at its keenest state.  We reflect on what we did in 2012 and what we envision for 2013.  Time for many people is the cause for anxiety, worry, and discomfort.  Time can be viewed as either restrictive, i.e., not enough of it; or it can be viewed with disregard, i.e., handled wastefully, or even completely disregarded as capital spent unwisely The Disciple Peter gives a mature spiritual perspective of the importance of time and reminds us that in the end when the Lord comes back we will be judged on our stewardship over this valuable commodity-time.  God views a thousand years and a day in the same way.  How wonderful it would be if in 2013 our resolution would be to live one day at a time; one moment at a time.  How calming to our psyche and our spirit if what we are doing each moment is synergistically aligned with God’s purpose for our lives.  Think about the following as new template for your life.    Know God personally for yourself.  Speak to him in prayer and listen for him to speak back you as you read his word…  then do the best you can to live out his desires for you.  Don’t worry about the next moment or the next day.  You can’t do the next day in advance; you can only work with the moment at hand. 

Much of the anxiety and dysfunction in our lives can be attributed to not knowing what the future holds.   Satan thrives off of confusion, anxiety and dysfunction; and he attempts to negatively impact every possible scenario   For example, the current deliberations in Congress and the White House regarding the Fiscal Cliff we face on January 1, 2013.  If responsible financial decisions are not made by our officials we have elected to handle our nation’s fiscal matters, we face economic disaster.  If those we have elected would only heed the words of the prophet Isaiah wherein public officials were warned: Isaiah 10:1-4, “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? To whom will ye flee for help? And where will ye leave your glory? Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain.  For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” A decision or a bill could have been formulated instantly if synergy with God was abiding in the halls of legislature.  The question here and with all of us should always be; Have  I  this day, this moment done the best that I can for me and for my fellowman?   How can I spend this time, how can I spend this precious asset to the betterment of all man kind   

In our text, God has a timeless approach – a thousand years is as a day.  In our lives this moment, this day should be a portrait painted with our best effort, our best love, our best forgiveness and our best patience.  We are not promised the next moment or the next day; now is the time.  The Disciple Peter states in vs. 14, that we are to “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace without spot, and blameless.”   The operative words in this passage our found and diligent. The key question for us is when will found happen and at what time are we to be diligent?

So my brothers and sisters what mantra will we adopt for 2013, what resolution that is really meaningful to ourselves and to God? My answer is simply this NOW & ALWAYS.  If you want to relieve anxiety about the future, set your mind on the fruits of the spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, and do the NOW, do it ALWAYS.

                                                   

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dempsey Scott Harrison, Jr.

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