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DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?

In 1969, the rock musical group Chicago recorded a song entitled “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?” In the band's usual fashion the number consisted of complex instrumental rips, major key and tempo changes, with a mixture of keyboard and brass section leads. This powerful tune tended to override the songs haunting lyrics, which speaks a truth which we all could learn from. One line in particular which says “Does anybody really know what time it is?”

 

The truth that this line of lyric speaks to is this, we fail to realize “what” time it is. Time is not static. It is always moving. It just keeps ticking away. No one can stop it and few realize just how much time has slipped by them until it is too late.

 

In our Through the Bible in One Year passage for today, we are looking at Proverbs 22:6, “Train {up} a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

 

In the original Hebrew text, the central emphasis is on correcting and establishing our children’s lifestyles from the very start of their lives. In our culture we tend to defer the necessary time and attention it takes to train our children until some unidentifiable period.

 

The time to expose a child to God’s Word is not at age 3 or 4. Start on day one! Dr. Crawford Loritts shared a custom practiced in his family which started with his great-grandfather. When his grandfather was born and his great-grandfather held him in in his arms for the first time, he quoted a passage of Scripture in his ear and then prayed a prayer of blessing to him. This practice has been continued by the fathers of the Loritts family with each of their children ever since then.

 

There are so many “good things” which ask for just some of our time and energy. The truth is that these “good things” can rob us of the limited time we have to give to the “most important things” which God has entrusted us with. Our children are definitely at the top of the list of “most important things.”

 

Start from day one and make their Spiritual journey a priority. I say this from my own personal experience. I put working 60-80 hours a week ahead of my own children’s Spiritual welfare. Now the battle for their attention to Godly things is a much harder fight than if I had heeded this passage.

 

So many other “good things” now beg for their time. I don’t want to end up like another song from the 70’s. In 1975, Harry Chapin recorded “The Cat’s In the Cradle” the song tells of the birth of a son and the father’s pursuit of making a better life for his son. As the son grows he constantly desires his father’s attention, but dad always has other things which demand his time. The last few lines of the song hit with the force of a sledgehammer.

 

"I've long since retired and my son's moved away. I called him up just the other day. I said, 'I'd like to see you if you don't mind' He said, 'I'd love to, Dad, if I could find the time. You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kids have the flu. But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad. It's been sure nice talking to you.' And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me he'd grown up just like me. My boy was just like me."

  

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ALWAYS ABOUNDING

1 Corinthians 15:29-58

The fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians ends with the following word of exhortation by Paul: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (vs. 58, ESV) 

This verse should be such an encouragement to those of us who have placed our faith in the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ, as it points back to the reality of the resurrection—His and ours! Yes, death has been vanquished and God has given us the victory through Christ, we will one day be given imperishable new bodies and enjoy eternal life with our resurrected Savior! In light of this wonderful reality, we are to be steadfast and immovable, or fixed and steady in our faith. It is important to note that the exhortation does not end there. Nor does it end with an admonition to simply “do God’s work” as if we were merely “putting in our duty.” We are to always (yes, always) be abounding, going way above and beyond the norm in doing the work that the Lord has given us, whatever that work may be. God enables us to abound, as He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, not only at some future date, but even right here and right now. As we reflect back on the amazing truth of the resurrection, we can know that our labor is not in vain, but has a great and glorious purpose—much greater and more glorious than we can fully comprehend. Certainly much greater and more glorious than any of the difficult circumstances we often find ourselves in. Let’s be encouraged today as we reflect on our Savior and His victory over death!

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