It is interesting how in James chapter 2 it is written that faith, without works, is dead. This shows that it is possible to have faith, but if the faith doesn’t have works (if the faith doesn’t work!), this faith is in vain, it is dead! Such serious words! So what kind of works should my faith have? If you are a serious believer, it is important to ask yourself – does my faith work? Does my faith give me eternal life?
Time is an interesting thing, phenomenon – you can’t touch it, grab it, stop it, slow it down, increase it, or speed it up. Every person is driven by time. We are constantly looking at the time, checking what time it is, either you have to be somewhere, do something, etc.
But what exactly is time? We know that God is outside of time. That time is an earthly phenomenon, for people, for us. When a person is born into this world, when he begins to breathe – time begins to exist for him! His time begins to “tick”, similar to how his heart begins to “beat.” You can almost picture people being walking clocks. And only God knows the “beginning” of a person’s time and the “end” of it.
Time is precious, time is short. We hear this phrase a lot – but do we truly believe it, understand it, and even more so, do we truly live this way?
The devil, who is the father of lies (as it is written in John 8:44 “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”), has greatly deceived people that there is a lot of time, that it is continuous, long, that it will continue to exist tomorrow, or even that it is in your control! There is even the popular phrase “time management”, and people are taught in schools, universities, and jobs how to correctly manage their time. But the word alone assumes that a person is the manager/boss of his time, that he is in control. But is this really so?! Do we know what will happen in a second, a minute, in an hour?! Do we know what will be tomorrow, or if tomorrow will even come?!
The devil has deceived people so much that they don’t even consider that tomorrow may not come for them. People make plans for tomorrow, but not even tomorrow, sometimes even a year or years in advance.
Time is truly short and precious! We don’t know how much we have of it! Therefore, if something is bothering you, something isn’t clear, something isn’t right, something worries you, it feels like something is “missing” – don’t be silent, don’t sit, don’t be “okay” with it, don’t wait! Don’t leave it for “later”, because “later” may not come, later may not be! Our life is compared to that of vapor, which appears for a short time.
It is written for us in Ephesians 5:15, to walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil! In Luke (as well as in Matthew) there is a good example of a master of the house and a thief. Surely if you would know the certain time a thief would come and break into your house – you would be watchful and ready. In the same way it is written for us to be ready also for the coming of the Son of man!
And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. -Luke chapter 12
And further there is also a good example of a servant who was left to rule the household. The Lord describes who is a faithful and wise steward. It is the steward or servant that is watchful and ready at all times! It is the one that does the will of the master! It is the one that awaits his master!
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming (he’s not coming soon); and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. -Luke chapter 12
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching…” Luke 12:35-37
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren (brothers), ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night… But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober… But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath appointed us… to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thes. chapter 5