There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance, etc.
What would you think of a farmer who had his best field, with rich black soil and adequate irrigation, fertile and lush, but he never planted anything there? Imagine a huge paddock, with the best soil, and best rainfall, yet he leaves it fallow, and all that grows is weeds. You’d say he was an irresponsible farmer.
But it’s his choice, isn’t it. You and I are that farmer! Every day we are given a gift, and most often we squander it.
If I told you that your bank called, and they said they will deposit $864 every day into your account. This amounts to $6000 a week or over $300K a year. But there’s a catch… you have to spend it all… or they take it back. Every day! No problem, say the ladies, right?
This is all of us. We all get 86,400 seconds each day. Do you spend yours wisely. It’s a fertile field, do you plant it for maximum yield, or let weeds grow.
WHAT ARE WE SPENDING?
“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you want to, but you can spend it only once.”
Time is something we feel we never have enough of, yet we give it away so easily. Someone once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Time is a precious commodity… We all want more, and we all get the same amount. It’s how we use it that really becomes the precious commodity, isn’t it? It’s what we achieve with it.
So what does the Bible say about time, and how can that impact our lives and cause us to use our time more effectively in our modern, time poor society?
IT’S ABOUT TIME WE UNDERSTOOD
There are 3 Greek words for time and each holds a different meaning.
CHRONOS time is what we mainly consider to be time… Hours, minutes, seconds. Hence we talk about a specific time or time frame, such as in
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
God set this type of time up. It is governed by the rotation of the earth around the sun, and it’s something we measure, and we keep to. We live in a time based CHRONOS world. You have appointments, planes to catch, bills to pay, TV shows to watch, church to attend… And all of this is based on CHRONOS time.
AION is used to refer to an age, a cycle or a season, a span of time, for example a man’s lifespan. It particularly has reference to eternity or forever…
And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
1 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV Strong’s)
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
KAIROS time is probably the most interesting use of the word for time. It refers not to hours, minutes, days and years, but to a specific time when something significant happens, where history is made, destiny is determined and life is not the same afterwards.
In the Bible, this word is used of the occasions when God steps into time and space and does something incredible. The Red Sea, Jericho, Paul’s conversion experience, the cross. These moments can happen in history, in a nation, in a church or an individual’s life. David writes,
Psalms 31:14-15 (ESV Strong’s)
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand;
KAIROS moments in time are all around and we should be prepared for them, but often we don’t even see them!
GOD’S KAIROS TIME IS NOT OUR TIME
2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
A man once prayed, “Lord, if 1 day is like a 1,000 years for you, then $1 is like $1,000 dollars. Lord, can you please bless me with $500?” The Lord said, sure Son, I will in a minute.
The thing is, if you transcend time, what does time even matter? When you are stuck in time, in CHRONOS time like we are, we are measuring, we are worrying and we are impatient for things to happen.
But God isn’t, because He is far above time. We get impatient, His timing is perfect. We live bound by schedules, appointments and time management issues, He exists above it all.
That’s why the all knowing, all present, all powerful God of all creation can just flow into our lives when we least expect it, and why He sometimes takes longer than we expect also.
The Bible doesn’t present a lot of evidence of CHRONOS time, because to God it’s just not that important. But the Bible is all about KAIROS time, specific moments when God steps into time and does something significant.
BIBLE TIME IS NOT OUR TIME
Abraham had a KAIROS moment and journeyed to another land. Moses had a KAIROS moment with a burning bush, then had another parting the Red Sea. David faced a giant for his KAIROS time, Jesus faced His at the cross, and Paul on the road to Damascus. Significant moments in time.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Our modern world has KAIROS times, and we are living in one right now. Moments that change history forever. 911, the fall of Communism, Roe v Wade, and the corona virus, just to name a few. And your life can have KAIROS moments too.
LIVING A KAIROS LIFE IN A CHRONOS WORLD
Living in a CHRONOS world, the seconds tick by, and we cannot reverse it, slow it or stop it. The seconds become hours, the hours days, the days weeks, then months, then years then decades.
KAIROS time has no past, present or future… It is based around significance, not measurable time. That’s why Paul says,
2 Corinthians 6:2 (ESV Strong’s)
Behold, now is the favourable time (KAIROS); behold, now is the day of salvation.
and which now at his appointed season (KAIROS) he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour,
These moments exist, and they are all around us. But the real question is, “How do you find these KAIROS times in a CHRONOS world? How do you find God ordained significant moments when you live in mundane minutes, hours and days?
PERCEPTION OF TIMES
It comes down to Perception: is a huge part of discovering these incredible moments, the right times… the opportunities to be used incredibly by God to touch people’s lives are all around, but we don’t even see them! We fail to perceive them!
Perception is not reality, it’s how we see reality.
Listen to this true account…
Charles Francis Adams, son of President John Quincy Adams and grandson of President John Adams, kept a diary. One day he entered: “Went fishing with my son today—a day wasted.”
His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: “Went fishing with my father—the most wonderful day of my life!” The father thought he was wasting time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time.
Same time observed from 2 different perspectives. One saw a waste, the other saw something significant. One saw CHRONOS, the loss of hours, minutes and seconds, while the other saw KAIROS, something far beyond, something important, something special!
JUST A MOMENT
But if you live in a CHRONOS world, how can you find these incredible, significant KAIROS times? How can you dissociate yourself from the mundane, day by day, drudgery of life and become part of something great, something significant, something eternal?
We should always live our days looking for those moments, those inexplicable times when His will and His way intersect with our daily walks… But most often that’s not how we live, right? Even if they are there, we most often miss them!
They can happen anytime! A friend calls you out of the blue and you get the chance to speak an amazing word in season. A child’s innocent joy pierces a long, hard day of struggle. A coworker takes a moment to lend a hand. God is always surprising us with His perfect, KAIROS timing.
2 Timothy 4:2 (ESV Strong’s)
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
I remember sitting next to a guy on a plane. He wasn’t talkative, he looked sad. I started chatting to him, and he told me he was returning home after years away, living a sinful life. He had left his wife and kids, gone to the city and got involved with other women, drugs and hard living. This day his wife had agreed to take him back with conditions. He was terrified, and before we left the plane I was able to pray for him and lead him to Christ, and pray for this visit. A KAIROS moment indeed.
With the current corona virus situation, God stepping into time, space and eternity to influence mankind, I believe we will see more KAIROS moments than ever before.
HAVE YOU GOT THE KAIROS TIME?
What does your life look like? What’s the last year, or the last 10 years look like. Has it passed you by, or is it passing you by? If you had your time over again, what would you do differently?
I believe that God has divine purposes, and He graciously allows us to partner with Him.
1 Corinthians 3:7-9 (ESV Strong’s)
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
These significant, influential KAIROS moments are all around if we have eyes to see, but if we refuse to see them or be obedient, God will choose someone else and we will miss out on being part of the Blessing.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
We face KAIROS moments coming up for us as a church. Do we just stay here, comfortable, maintaining the status quo, having a nice service in a nice little church building every Sunday, influencing or changing very little, or do we heed the call of God and follow Him into the destiny He has for us.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV Strong’s)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
So here are the steps towards redeeming the KAIROS moments, the significant moments, and making your life truly count for God…
1. STAY CLOSE TO GOD
Read the Bible daily, pray, come to church and keep seeking the Lord. The closer you are to God, the more He will open significant moments in your life. It might be a phone call from a friend, or a chance meeting where you say the right words at the right moment.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV Strong’s)
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
2. LISTEN AND LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES
As you stay close to God, be alert. Be sensitive. Sometimes things you may not even want to do can open the door for the Lord to use you to impact the life of another! Opportunity exists everywhere.
Colossians 4:5 (ESV Strong’s)
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
John Egglen had never preached a sermon in his life. Never. But then one morning he did. The snow left his town of Colchester, England, buried in white. When he awoke on that January Sunday in 1850, he thought of staying home. Who would go to church in such weather?
But he reconsidered. He was, after all, a deacon. And if the deacons didn’t go, who would? So he put on his boots, hat, and coat and trudged the six miles to the Methodist Church.
That morning most stayed home. In fact, only twelve members and one visitor. Even the minister was snowed in.
Someone suggested they go home. Egglen would hear none of that. They’d come this far; they would have a service. Besides, they had a visitor. A thirteen-year-old boy. But who would preach? Egglen was the only deacon, so it fell to him.
His sermon lasted only ten minutes, didn’t make a lot of sense, struggled to make any point at all, but in the end, he finished by looking straight at the boy saying: “Young man, look to Jesus. Look! Look! Look!”
Did the challenge make a difference? This boy grew into a man who said, “I did look, and then and there the cloud on my heart lifted, the darkness rolled away, and at that moment I saw the sun.” The boy’s name? Charles Haddon Spurgeon. England’s prince of preachers.
3. BE OBEDIENT
2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
If you do not obey, why should God open the way for you to do incredible things? You need to covenant with Him to obey, and keep obeying, even in small things, no matter what. Being obedient turns the Holy Spirit’s prompting into concrete action. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
4. STAY CONNECTED
Come to church and stay connected to the body. Lone wolf Christians, and there are tons of those after COVID, never amount to greatness, but together we are better, stringer, more faithful and more able to see and fulfil those KAIROS moments.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV Strong’s)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,
5. NEVER GIVE UP
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Don’t give up! Don’t stop short! If you experience a KAIROS moment, keep going until the Lord releases you. Greatness is never obtained by giving up or giving in.
Moving into our destiny as a church is going to take commitment, prayer, finances, faith, but I for one want to see it through to move into what God has for us as a church.
6. GIVE SACRIFICIALLY, NO MATTER HOW SMALL
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others.
Here’s an account from Dr Yonggi Cho, pastor of the largest church in the world…
Seeing that only a miraculous intervention of God would deliver us from a catastrophe, I joined the intercessors at Prayer Mountain. One evening while we were meeting to pray on the ground floor of our unfinished church, several hundred joined me in prayer. An old woman walked slowly in my direction. As she approached the platform, I noticed that tears were filling her eyes. She bowed and said, “Pastor, I want to give these items to you so that you may sell them for a few pennies to help with our building fund.”
I looked down, and in her hands were an old rice bowl and a pair of chopsticks. I said to her, “Sister, I can’t take these necessities from you!”
“But, Pastor, I am an old woman. I have nothing of value to give to my Lord; yet, Jesus has graciously saved me. These items are the only things in the world I possess!” she exclaimed, tears now flowing freely down her wrinkled cheeks. “You must let me give these to Jesus. I can place my rice on old newspapers, and I can use my hands to feed myself. I know that I will die soon, so I don’t want to meet Jesus without giving Him something on this earth.” As she finished speaking, everyone there began to weep openly. The Holy Spirit’s presence filled the place, and we all began to pray in the Spirit.
A businessman in the back of the group was deeply moved and said, “Pastor Cho, I want to buy that rice bowl and chopsticks for one thousand dollars!” With that, everyone started to pledge their possessions. My wife and I sold our small home and gave the money to the church. This spirit of giving saved us from financial ruin.
When you find yourself part of something great, some incredible KAIROS moment in time, rejoice and give it all you have! You are blessed to be a part of what God is doing to touch the lives of men and women.
JOIN US AT THIS KAIROS MOMENT
Today, with COVID, etc, the world and our nation are experiencing a KAIROS moment. The future for the church looks difficult, but I believe this is our moment to shine for Christ. This is our KAIROS time,
Esther 4:14 (ESV Strong’s)
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”