Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Time

“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:3)

The first thing God deems holy is time. He sets apart the Sabbath day as a time to rest and reflect on all that God has done. The Sabbath will go on to play an integral part in the life of Israel. It is one of the ten commandments. It distinguishes them from other nations. When Israel is taken into captivity, the observance of the Sabbath becomes a counter-cultural practice. Isreal views time differently than the people around them.

The people of God’s distinct view of time continues into the New Testament. Christians begin gathering on the first day of the week to worship God since this was the day Jesus was raised from the grave. Even though Jews and Gentiles might be going to work, Christians stop to pray, sing, share the Lord’s Supper, and listen to God’s word. The people of God do not allow the culture to dictate how they view time or what they do with it. They view time as belonging to God and are therefore more than willing to cease from what culture says is normal to honor God.

What we do with our time matters. Paul instructs us to “look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15-16) First and foremost, we are to honor God with our time. The world may look at worship or Bible study as a waste of time, but for the Christian, we see it as a way of acknowledging and praising the Creator of time. To cease from our daily activities to honor God is an essential part of the Christian life. Our actions related to time are a profession of our devotion. We devote time to whatever has captured our heart. For many, this is entertainment, sports, family, politics, work, etc., but for the Christian, it should be first and foremost God. Although these other things are meaningful in their own ways, they are ultimately meaningless if we fail to honor God who has given us life, time, and the means to enjoy them.

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