I know that I’m getting old because I often talk about how life is too short or how the time is passing us by so quickly.
As a child my days were long. I wake up in the morning well rested, have breakfast, walk to school, learn, enjoy classmates, and after school I would go out & play with neighborhood kids. Then I have dinner, do homework & play some more. By 9 p.m. I’m in bed exhausted but content. My childhood days stood outside of time, that is to say, each day felt like eternity because I really didn’t have to think about time. I just did what came next. That is the blessing of childhood.
I suspect heaven will be like this not only in our perception but in reality because time will not dictate our “living.” When we are finally there joy, laughter & happiness will abound because of our fellowship with God who loves us perfectly.
But for now, time is a tool that God has put in place at creation to help us see the passing of the seasons & realize how precious our days are.
In Genesis 4, after Cain took the life of his brother Abel, Adam & Eve had another son to replace Abel, and they named him Seth. I suspect Seth thought about a lot of things prompted by the death of the brother he never knew because when he has a son of his own, he named him Enosh, which means “frail.”
Genesis 4:26 explains that it was “at that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.”
When Seth realized the mortality of man & frailty of life, that was when he began to worship God who is the Life.
Life is indeed frail because James 4:14 asks,
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while
and then vanishes.”
The implication is that we are to do this day what God is calling us because we may not get another day to love someone, enjoy God’s blessings & share what is most important to us.
Strangely, this sense of urgency rather than rushing us to hurry through life, it has an opposite effect. It helps us to slow down, pause & savor what is front of us. Somehow our frailty & mortality open our eyes to what’s truly important & matters the most.
Jesus is the Son of God, but He knew that His time on this earth was limited. This is why He focused on teaching His disciples the way of sacrificial love & sharing Life that is in Him.
In Luke 10:2, Jesus says something that captures the sense of urgency that we need to recognize.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
He is making 2 important points. The first according to Christ is that the time of sowing has already passed us, and we are NOW in the season of harvesting. Harvesting, like any other aspects of farming, is all about timing. There is a specific window of opportunity that one must seize to harvest the crop or risk losing it.
Though we are in the season of harvest, Christians miss it and end up doing other things. But we shouldn’t be sowing when it’s time to harvest. We must focus on task at hand that our Lord has given.
The second point is that there aren’t enough workers to do the work of harvesting. This is another area that is neglected, even though the need is great & obvious.
Luke 10:2 is really a warning to churches living in the last days lest we miss the harvest.
The harvest time cannot be extended.
It will come to an end.
How are we to live our precious & limited days?