Do you realize what time it is in your life? Do you realize what needs to be done right here and right now? Are you aware of the situation you are facing? Are you aware of what is yet to come? What are you doing about it? What you are going to do about you? Are you preparing? Are you getting things arranged? Are you going to be ready when it happens? Are you going to be surprised? Who will you turn to so you know? Who will you ask for insight and wisdom? Who will you seek?
What time is it?
Today’s reading speaks about understanding what time it is and how Jesus spoke into that situation.
Jesus Speaks a Third Time about His Death
(Matthew 20.17-19; Mark 10.32-34)
31Jesus took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “Listen! We are going to Jerusalem where everything the prophets wrote about the Son of Man will come true. 32He will be handed over to the Gentiles, who will make fun of him, insult him, and spit on him. 33They will whip him and kill him, but three days later he will rise to life.” 34But the disciples did not understand any of these things; the meaning of the words was hidden from them, and they did not know what Jesus was talking about. –from Luke 18
So where are you at? What are you doing with your time? Are you still serving? Are you still preparing? Are you still fulfilling the purpose God put you on this earth to complete and accomplish?
Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
(Matthew 20.29-34; Mark 10.46-52)
35As Jesus was coming near Jericho, there was a blind man sitting by the road, begging. 36When he heard the crowd passing by, he asked, “What is this?” 37“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by,” they told him. 38He cried out, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 39The people in front scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 40So Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41“What do you want me to do for you?” “Sir,” he answered, “I want to see again.” 42Jesus said to him, “Then see! Your faith has made you well.” 43At once he was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving thanks to God. When the crowd saw it, they all praised God.
–from Luke 18
If you realized that the time is now would you go for it? Would you cry out with all you have to accomplish it? Would you persevere and not allow others to keep you from the miracle God has planned in advance for you? Would you become more persistent and more assured that you would press in and press through? Will you put your trust in the one who is trustworthy? Will you put your hope in the one who gave it all? Will you live so that others will praise God?
What time is it for you? Is it time to turn back to God? Is it time to receive salvation? Is it time to ask Jesus into your heart? Is it time to step into what God has called you to do? Is it time to step out of your comfort zone and into the zone where God can use you in powerful ways? Is it time to step out in faith to do what God has called you, created you, and purposed for you to become? Is it time to rest? Is it time to persevere? Is it time to run? Is it time to walk? Is it time to prepare? Is it time to act? Is it time to listen? Is it time to speak up? What time is it for you?
Is it your time to teach? Is it your time to lead? Is it your time to correct? Today’s reading continues as Paul speaks to Titus…
1From Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.I was chosen and sent to help the faith of God’s chosen people and to lead them to the truth taught by our religion, 2which is based on the hope for eternal life. God, who does not lie, promised us this life before the beginning of time, 3and at the right time he revealed it in his message. This was entrusted to me, and I proclaim it by order of God our Savior. 4I write to Titus, my true son in the faith that we have in common.May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Titus’ Work in Crete
5I left you in Crete, so that you could put in order the things that still needed doing and appoint church elders in every town. Remember my instructions: 6an elder must be without fault; he must have only one wife, and his children must be believers and not have the reputation of being wild or disobedient. 7For since a church leader is in charge of God’s work, he should be without fault. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered, or a drunkard or violent or greedy for money. 8He must be hospitable and love what is good. He must be self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the message which can be trusted and which agrees with the doctrine. In this way he will be able to encourage others with the true teaching and also to show the error of those who are opposed to it. –from Titus 1
What time is it for you? Are you preparing to lead? Are you ready to be a servant leader? How will you serve? Are there things you need to get rid of? Are there things you need to add on? Where are you at? What time is it for you? Will you be ready? Will you get ready?
Need wisdom to understand? Need help in understanding? Turn to God who will provide wisdom generously without finding fault!
1Homes are made by the wisdom of women, but are destroyed by foolishness. 2Be honest and you show that you have reverence for the Lord; be dishonest and you show that you do not. 3Proud fools talk too much; the words of the wise protect them. 4Without any oxen to pull the plow your barn will be empty, but with them it will be full of grain. 5A reliable witness always tells the truth, but an unreliable one tells nothing but lies. 6Conceited people can never become wise, but intelligent people learn easily. 7Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you. 8Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows. 9Foolish people don’t care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven. 10Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own. No one can share them with you. 11A good person’s house will still be standing after an evildoer’s house has been destroyed. 12What you think is the right road may lead to death. 13Laughter may hide sadness. When happiness is gone, sorrow is always there. 14Bad people will get what they deserve. Good people will be rewarded for their deeds. 15A fool will believe anything; smart people watch their step. 16Sensible people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly. 17People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm. 18Ignorant people get what their foolishness deserves, but the clever are rewarded with knowledge. –from Proverbs 14