No Other Time
The mystery of time has captured men's thoughts from the beginning of history.
Solomon said that to everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Benjamin Franklin once remarked that we should guard well our time, for it is the only ingredient of life.
C. S. Lewis declared our future is what we are all rushing into at the rate of sixty minutes and hour.
Nothing is able to impede the relentless march of time. From the cradle to the grave, time circumscribes our whole beiing. As the great hymn writer Isaac Watts poetically echoed:
Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
Time is not only persistent; it is mysterious. When did time begin? When will it end? From the Scriptures we know that time began at creation for "in the beginning" everything was created by God (Genesis 1).
At some point in God's sovereign plan, the Scriptures also tell us, time will cease. The God who ceated the heavens and the earth, at the beginning of time, has said that they will one day be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth, and this age of time will come to an end (Revelation 19:6; 21:1).
Time is the greeat parenthesis between two mighty acts of creation!
But time is not fully explored until we recognize its momentous significance! During the time that each person dwells upon this planet, he is called upon to make a decision that will determine his eternal destiny. How that choice is made here and now will have everlasting consequences.
God has given us the Bible so that we might make our decision in line with His will. The Scriptures tell us: "The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). God translated man's willingness to repent into the most wonderful act of love. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
It is the response we make to Jesus Christ in time that determines our eternal destiny. The only way that you and I as sinners may become acceptable before God and be assured of spending eternity with Him, is by receiving the full pardon for our sins which was secured by Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection.
It is a choice that each person must make--a choice that may soon slip away:
The clock of life is wound but once.
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop.
At late or early hour.
To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's soul is such a loss
And no man can restore.
The present only is our own,
To seek to do God's will;
Tomorrow holds no promise, for
The clock may then be still.
With our faith in Christ we can face time and eternity without fear, knowing that God is with us both now and forever. If we believe in Him, let us redeem the time, using all that God has given us to share what Christ has done for us. But if you have not yet believed, there is no better tome, and there may be no other time than today.