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Ephesians 5:1-17 KJV Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5 KJV THE TIME CONUNDRUM OR ENIGMA From his birth man is given an allotted quota of time. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90:12 KJV 365 x 24 x 60 x 60 is the amount of seconds we have in a year. In 2013 each person starts with the identical amount of time. None is given more or less! 1 year 365 days 8,760 hours 525,600 minutes 31,536, 000 seconds For those who work an 8 hour day for 5 days per week that is 2080 hours per year (87 days) If you sleep approx 6 hours per day that is 2190 hours per year (91 days) For those who commute approximately 1 and a half hours per day it's about 547 hours (23 days) Meals an hour per day makes it 365 hours per year (15 days) Shopping at 2 hours per week makes it 104 hours per year (4 days) Movie time per week at 4 hours makes it 208 hours per year (7 days) Private time for personal hygiene at 1 hour daily is 365 hours per year (15 days) Making it to one church service per week lasting approximately 2 hours gives 104 hours per year (4 days) That’s 246 days leaving 119 days at a VERY conservative estimate. (Charts) How much of that will be idle time and how much will be useful? How will the time we are given be used in this year?
Chrónos embraces all possible kairoí (pl. And why. (Wikipedia) What we see distinguished here is the difference between time as a quantity and time as a quality! Every day we are all given an identical quantity of time but then have the responsibility of turning this quantity into quality time! Therein lies the difference for it’s the quality that counts! . And who are you? Time who subdues all things. chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time. The ancient Greeks had two words for time. and is often used as the larger and more inclusive term. bald but with a lock of hair on his forehead. balancing on the razor's edge. which is chrónos (G5550). masc. In the NT: (Word Study Dictionary) kairós. What the special something is depends on who is using the word. opportune time. Time. gen. kairós (G2540). stranger. if you grasp him from the front. This word perceives time quantitatively as a period measured by the succession of objects and events and denotes the passing of moments. not a period of accomplishment as kairós. the brief moment in which things are possible. but once he has moved on not even Jupiter himself can pull him back: this is a symbol of Opportunity. you might be able to hold him. a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. gen. equivalent to the word kairós. chrónou. And why you have a pair of wings on your feet? I fly with the wind. take hold of me from behind. is translated as "seasons. And why does your hair hang over your face? For him who meets me to take me by the forelock. noun. and he set me up in the porch as a lesson. though he wishes it sore. Another word. kairoú. Why did the artist fashion you? For your sake. And his name? Lysippus. with chrónoi (times).CHRONOLOGICAL TIME VS OPPORTUNE TIME Two major Greek words are used for time in the New Testament kairos and chromos. but not the converse. masc. Season. is the back of your head bald? Because none whom I have once raced by on my winged feet will now. in Heaven's name. The following epigram by Poseidippos was carved on the statue: "Who and whence was the sculptor? From Sikyon. Chrónos is a period of measured time. There is really no Eng. the latter signifies a time between. According to the Word Study Dictionary we have these meanings: chrónos. which when used in the pl." times at which certain foreordained events take place. on which the following Aesop's fable is based Running swiftly. season.). appropriate or opportune time. Why do you stand on tip-toe? I am ever running. While chronos is quantitative. (Word Study Dictionary) Lysippus a 4th century BC Greek sculptor made a statue of Kairos called Opportunity. And why do you hold a razor in your right hand? As a sign to men that I am sharper than any sharp edge. but a period of opportunity (though not necessity). It is not merely as a succession of minutes. the time of accomplishment. kairos has a qualitative nature." Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). he wears no clothes. considers time qualitatively as a period characterized by the influence or prevalence of something. noun.
Willis thanked his host. preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. come on.” After a hearty dinner. son!” the farmer insisted. Jesus came into Galilee.” Willis answered. We need to seize the moment! And as Jesus passed by. Luke 4:21 KJV They rejected Him! Zacchaeus recognized this opportunity and seized it! . Willis.” “Aw. The days are evil.” he called out. The time of each day is not recoverable..” “That’s mighty nice of you. Your time becomes a slave to the forces of evil and is in enemy territory. And his disciples asked him. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up. he saw a man which was blind from his birth. “I feel a lot better now. this man.evil will try its utmost to seize your time. “But I don’t think Pa would like me to. It is an unrelenting one way street with no turning back! Seize it now! Redeem it! Jesus’ advent was the ultimate opportunity and He urged people to seize it! Now after that John was put in prison. Neither hath this man sinned. Mark 1:14-15 KJV Jesus presented this opportunity to Nazareth when he said: This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And saying. A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn in the road. “Hey. “Well.” the boy finally agreed. “Forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Evil's subtle sly seductive suggestions steal your allotted time and the seconds drift away without you realizing it. while it is day: the night cometh. saying. The time is fulfilled.We are in the habit of seeing time as a quantity of which we either have too much or too little! It’s just an illusion for it ever remains the same! It’s what we do in it that counts! We are to take advantage of the opportune seasons and times as they present themselves! We will never regret this but we will spend a lifetime regretting we never made use of the opportunities. when no man can work. saved or reserved.. or his parents. that he was born blind? Jesus answered. nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. okay. I must work the works of him that sent me. buy off. who did sin. and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye. “But Pa won’t like it. In using the term it is recognized that we need to rescue from irrecoverable loss the time that we are allotted in this life. We are to seize the opportunities as they come for once gone they’re gone forever. deliver by paying the price It is obvious we cannot buy back time after it is gone so what does it mean? The word is said to come for a root meaning marketplace or more properly a slave market where lives will be lost to slavery.” “Don’t be foolish!” exclaimed the neighbor.. “By the way. Master. John 9:1-4 KJV In our text the word redeem is derived from the Greek exagorázo: redeem. and believe the gospel. where is your Pa?” “He’s under the wagon.” You can bet Pa will be real upset because Willis did not seize the time! WHILE IT IS DAY.. The farmer who lived nearby came to investigate. but I just know Pa is going to be real upset.
and they have not known my ways. and keep thee in on every side. Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one. Luke 23:43 KJV The children of Israel failed to seize the opportunity! Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith. because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. and thy children within thee. even thou. at least in this thy day. Do not bear false witness. Right now! Today! Yesterday is gone and you do not know of tomorrow! In the Lord of the Rings Frodo is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and in the course of a conversation with Gandalf says: 'I wish it need not have happened in my time. lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief. lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Master. Harden not your hearts. and kneeled to him. Thou knowest the commandments. Defraud not. brethren. if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end. and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another. the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. make haste. Zacchaeus. that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee. and come down. and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. But exhort one another daily. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation. or your life. For we are made partakers of Christ. And he made haste. and wept over it. Then Jesus beholding him loved him. They do alway err in their heart. But that is not for them to decide. as in the provocation. what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him. If thou hadst known. Jesus wept over Jerusalem for failing to seize the opportunity! And when he was come near. And he answered and said unto him. And he was sad at that saying. Mark 10:17-22 KJV "Your money. So I sware in my wrath. While it is said. and said unto him. Do not steal. while it is called To day. and came down. Good Master. as in the provocation. One thing thou lackest: go thy way." We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us. and saw my works forty years. he looked up. and saw him. To day if ye will hear his voice. 'So do I. Hebrews 3:7-15 KJV The rich young ruler failed to seize it! And when he was gone forth into the way. They shall not enter into my rest. 'and so do all who live to see such times. Saying. and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come. in departing from the living God. take up the cross. for to day I must abide at thy house. all these have I observed from my youth. And shall lay thee even with the ground. and received him joyfully. is in the present. and follow me.) Take heed. and said unto him. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.' said Gandalf. and compass thee round. proved me. in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me. harden not your hearts. and give to the poor. and asked him.' . that is.And when Jesus came to the place. Do not kill. Do not commit adultery. Luke 19:41-44 KJV By this time we can see that kairos as time. he beheld the city. and said. Honour thy father and mother. Mignon McLaughlin. Luke 19:5-6 KJV The malefactor on the cross recognized it and seized it! And Jesus said unto him.' said Frodo. God. For the days shall come upon thee. sell whatsoever thou hast. To day if ye will hear his voice. To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. but not when God does. Verily I say unto thee. there came one running.
whom he raised from the dead. Then saith one of his disciples.Time gone. saying.. How late it was with opportunity gone! Waste your money and you're only out of money. and doeth it not. which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself. To day or to morrow we will go into such a city. and continue there a year. and build greater. and is not rich toward God. James 4:13-17 KJV Sometimes we can become too preoccupied with things rather than God: And he said unto them. and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold. very costly. eat. beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. When I became a full grown man . and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. or that. The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself. and then vanisheth away. to him it is sin. and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. There they made him a supper. For what is your life? It is even a vapour. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good. It was written by Henry Twells (1823 . and do this. But God said unto him. Simon's son. Luke 12:1521 KJV We need to buy up the time and never let an opportunity pass by. and anointed the feet of Jesus. and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Time strolled. as workers together with him. Get those brokers back in here! Turn those machines back on! Turn those machines back on! while his brother Randolph is having a heart attack on the floor. now is the day of salvation. this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be. Soul. When older still I daily grew . This will I do: I will pull down my barns. and buy and sell.1900) When I was a child and laughed and wept .Time flew. thou hast much goods laid up for many years. because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said. but . (For he saith. I have heard thee in a time accepted. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard. Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany. and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. ye that say. We then. behold. which should betray him. Soon I shall find I’m passing on . Michael Leboeuf Time's Paces is a poem about the apparent speeding up of time as one gets older. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.. drink. And he spake a parable unto them. When I was a youth I waxed more bold . What shall I do. and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. Thou fool. not that he cared for the poor. Take heed. we shall live. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence. And I will say to my soul. For that ye ought to say.Time crept.Time ran. and given to the poor? This he said. Seize the day is a common expression of our times! ME YOU HAVE NOT ALWAYS. take thine ease. now is the accepted time. and be merry. If the Lord will.Remember that famous scene in Trading Places where the Duke brothers screamed for the whole thing to start over again? Mortimer Duke: I want trading reopened right now. that appeareth for a little time.) 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 KJV Go to now. where Lazarus was which had been dead. saying. Judas Iscariot.
The opportunity is lost and it cannot be regained! It becomes pointless to say I will have more time at a later date. For the poor always ye have with you. By His Mercy and Grace we may reach another December 31! What is important is how we will relate to Him this year! We cannot continue to ignore Him and shut Him out of our activities then expect Him to show up with a miracle when we find ourselves up against a wall. to listen to an up and coming band. The night is far spent. Romans 13:11-14 KJV Beatles "Have No Future in Show Business" The details: Mike Smith was an executive in charge of evaluating talent for Decca Records when he traveled to Liverpool. England. not in chambering and wantonness. The band had unmistakable talent. And that. Surely God will understand we need the rest. not in strife and envying. Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. to fulfil the lusts thereof. so he brought them to Decca's London office for an audition on New Year's Day 1962.. but me ye have not always. Many times we just need that weekend to sleep in late because of the thoroughly harassing week of labor. It's really weird that all of this happens with seemingly little effort. the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness. and bare what was put therein. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ. that long overdue trip to anywhere. expensive vacation! When weekend arrives some are busy trying to get an extra job. John 12:1-8 KJV Have you ever noticed that people hardly find time for God or the things of God? Many sincere people are so caught up in life's everyday activities with a great exhibition of busy occupation.. Then said Jesus. Your child has grown. They work hard during the week sometimes at two or more jobs which are a necessity because they have to pay bills.. secure the comfort of their family or maybe it's just to get possession of that bigger house. your season has past.. We cannot continue to give Him the dregs of our life and expect Him to supply us with fresh oil daily! There is a period of time when you can do something particularly significant that will be impossible at another time even though you may then have all the time in the world.after all that's what the Sabbath is for! Have you noticed how we find time for other things such as that new movie. He was impressed. and make not provision for the flesh.we're simply too busy. that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. It will not return again! All plans for the future become null and void because you failed to plan for the present opportunity and season. They would really like to spend more time with God but are hard pressed to find the time.because he was a thief.and the list goes on. as in the day.but with God. knowing the time. Are you aware that it is the devil's desire to distract you from even thinking about God much less finding time for Him? Do you know if left to yourself you will never find time for God? Do you realize that when it comes to God it's not about just finding time for Him but about seizing the time for Him? If we don’t SEIZE the time for Jesus.. Let us walk honestly.. The band played 15 songs. that sporting event. and your window of opportunity has disappeared.. . not in rioting and drunkenness. went home and waited for an answer. and had the bag. make ends meet. we'll NEVER FIND time for Him! We have a whole new year of 365 days. fancier car. and let us put on the armour of light.
"guitar groups are on the way out" and "the Beatles have no future in show business".When they finally heard the answer. Decca's famous reply was that. Decca did not realize what they had! .
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