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FAITH FOR TODAY: A moment in time

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By Jon Rohr

All of us face the passing of time every day.  Sometimes it seems to fly by, and at other times it seems to drag.  Sometimes we can’t wait for some big event, and other times we wait in fearful anticipation.  But either way, there is one truth we must all face, our time is limited.  We have 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 52 weeks in a year, but we don’t know if we have tomorrow. 

The Bible has an interesting way of looking at time.  In biblical Greek, there are actually two words used for time, chronos and kairos.  Chronos is the way we normally think of time - the moment-by-moment passage of minutes, hours and days.  Kairos on the other hand has a deeper meaning.  It points to significant time; to time that makes a difference.

So when we are told to “Make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16), kairos is the word for opportunity.  So we could say, make the most of your time.  Make the most of every moment.

Interestingly, the gospels use the term kairos extensively when talking about Jesus.  His time on earth was not just time passing; it was and is significant time.  I think we would all agree that Jesus’ time was significant.  But I think God wants us to see that our time is significant as well.

Are you simply passing time, or are you investing time?  Are you allowing God to use your time to make a difference?  A difference for your family and friends?  A difference for your co-workers and your employer?  Are you making a difference for your school and your community?

May your life be full of kairos moments.   Don’t let the minutes tick away uncounted.  Seize your days and your opportunities with both hands.  Let God work in you and then He will fill your life with moments that matter!