by J. Randal Matheny
For everything there is an appointed time,
and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:
“A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted; …”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NET)
Everything has its moment, we say, and it’s true. The start of a new year is time to make plans, to plant the seeds of goodness, righteousness and love. A time to evaluate what we’ve done in the past and who we’ve become and to chart a new course or make corrections in a good course already begun.
In all of our plans, God must be at the top of the list. Our objectives in life must have as their basis a relationship with God. Nothing is worth doing in life if God is not in it.
One great exception overrides the rule that everything has its time — becoming a Christian and obeying the gospel. Or, to put it another way, the time for this is singular, is now. While we wait for the right time for some things, as Mike Brooks so beautifully reminded us last Saturday, doing the will of God in order to please him and walk with him is urgent./1 It has to be now, not at some future date that may never arrive.
So, in the middle of our plans for the year, let us put on our agenda for “Today,” entering into Christ in order to receive eternal salvation and enter the presence of God. Or repenting of sin that has barred us from his pleasure.
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