Just in time

in time - time is powerAt toddlers yesterday we were short of helpers and I needed to drive my son to a course he is doing leaving even less responsible adults helpers. When I got back Brian was there, he had dropped some things off at church and had seen that help was needed and so he gave his time. Thanks Brian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

We are all busy and time is precious and so it is very meaningful when people offer you their time.

Have you seen the movie ‘In Time’? It’s set in the future where people only have a certain amount of time to live but anyone who can afford to can buy more time off others to extend their own life. The result is that the rich effectively become immortal as they buy more time when they need it while the poor scrabble around for what little they can get as they live their short lives.

The film reminds us that time is precious. There is a moving moment when a son is running towards his mother. She is out of time and is about to die but he has been able to gain extra time that he is going to give to her. They run towards each other so she can have the extra time she needs to live but will they reach each other in time? He has all the time she needs but he may not have the time to get to her to share it.

Time is precious but how do we use it? We all have something to give but do we make the time to share what we have and to use the time we have in meaningful ways? What really matters to you? I wonder if people could work out what it is by looking at the way you spend your time? Let’s make time to spend time doing what is really important and what matters. What matters can be achieving things but it also involves resting properly, investing in relationships and treating the people who we meet well. What matters the most to me is Jesus and this Bible passage explains why.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5)

Jesus gives what he has to save us. We were helpless but Jesus gave his time and ultimately his life to make it possible for us to be friends of God. Jesus gave sacrificially. What do we have to give and will we make time to give it?

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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2 Responses to Just in time

  1. Andrew Fordyce says:

    Bless you mate for all these wonderful posts – what a gift!

    Just to let you know I am off on my hol’s after Messy Church which is on tomm (Thurs) 11-1pm.

    If you guys and the girls wanted to come over you would be very welcome.



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  2. graemeross4 says:

    Thanks for the invite, the girls are out tomorrow morning so we won’t make it. We advertised it at our toddler group this week. Have a good holiday.


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