Time itself moves forward. Each day can be filled with hope and expectation. Unfortunately, it can also be a place filled with uncertainty and fear. I have been in both places in time. But I want to address the latter in this blog. Those times when you sense that time itself is passing you by. Time moves and everyone around you is moving in it but you sense that you are hidden, obscure or unseen. When faced with this reality one day, I determined to take back time on my terms and to control its movement and flow in my life. How? I lived from an inner resolve that said “I will”. I will study more. I will make things happen. I will not sit still. I will. I will. Because of this, my life became fragmented into manageable parts that actually lacked life. I became tired and weary. Time held me in a prison of lost hopes and lost dreams. So I just closed my eyes and rested my chin in my hands while sitting at my desk one day. I was tired. Selah.
Sitting at my desk, I placed my chin in my hands and closed my eyes, just to take a breath. I felt lost in a whirlpool of trying to make something happen in my life. Suddenly, I see a vision. The Lord Jesus is walking towards me. As He stops right in front of me, He reaches into the innermost part of my being and pulls something out. I look and see it is a clock. Yes, a clock. From the innermost part of my being comes a clock. I smiled because the picture speaks loud and clear into my life and I know what this is all about.
Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with me and work with me– watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
In Christ, life is lived in the unforced rhythm of grace. Our foundations are secure in the finished work of the cross. From that point of peace, our time is in His hands each day. We are called to abide, not strive. There is no other way to live from a position of peace and rest than in the rhythm of grace. In this rhythm, we do not deny that time places constraints upon us. But, are we governed by time or do we relinquish time to the rhythm of grace? There is a big difference between the two.
Time is reality but there is a greater reality that operates in and through time. You are seated in heavenly places, therefore your life is lived from this position in eternity which then determines your perspective here on earth. You are in time, in the world, but not of the world. You can’t always wrap your head around this truth so my advice is just to accept it and the Holy Spirit will lead you supernaturally in time. Live in time, governed by time, flowing to its demands AND you will lose all sense of rest and peace. Why? Because time is a driving force that fragments your life into manageable segments while denying the whole that is called life. The subtle call from each segment of time calls to you and says something like this, “You are what you DO. SO – DO more!” Time can destroy life itself.
Christ has set you free from the demands of time. How? One still has to live in time in the earthly realm. Yes of course! But you live in time and in eternity. What impacts you in a greater way? What is forming your life? Time or eternity? It’s how you see your life and define your life. Life is in Christ wherever you are and whatever you are doing. It is not important for your physical circumstances to change or not change. It is an eternal focus and an eternal reality that impacts your life here and now.
Colossians 3:1-3 1 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. 2 Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ– that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.3 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life– even though invisible to spectators– is with Christ in God. He is your life.