Now Is The Accepted Time


By Oscar Mink - For The Hazard Herald



Serving God is not for spare time, when there is nothing else to do. With God there is no “Spare time”, and the faithful know God has not given them one minute to consume upon the flesh. They know that their King’s business is urgent, and that His program allows for no delays.

Man’s economic philosophy is, “Time is money. But let us remember man’s philosophy and God’s determinations are often contrary the one to the other. The King of time and the Lord of life has not said “Time is money”, neither has He said, “I will wait for your service until you become affluent.” But the omniscient economist has said, “Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:13, 14). God has not said, I will wait until you establish a career, or reach middle life, or retire, and then you may serve Me. But He has said, “Remember the Lord Thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days (age and sickness) come not …” (Ecclesiastes 12:l). And He has said, “Look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). There is no time like the present, and “now” is all the time we can be sure of. Thus, the urgency is constant, for the time of our departure from this fleeting life is always at hand (John 7:6). God demands and deserves the preeminence in all things, and except He have it in our dispensing of time, then He has it in nothing else in our life. The sum of what a person is when they face God is the result of the way in which they spent their time in this life. Seeing then that our sojourn here is so very brief, let us not waste a minute of it, but utilize it in such a manner so as when our days reach their end we can say with Paul, that tireless and busy apostle, “I am now ready to be offered” (II Timothy 4:6). Christ said to His church, “Ye shall by My witnesses” (Acts 1:8). He did not say, I expect you to be My witnesses, nor did He say, I hope you will be My witnesses. He said, “Ye shall be My witnesses.” Once a person is saved he mounts the witness stand where his life’s testimony is judged by the world. He may be a good witness or a bad witness, but he is a .witness all the time. When he squanders time, he steals from God, from others to whom he owes a better witness, and he robs himself of precious time and opportunities he can never redeem. How is it with your life’s time card? When God asks you about this day, and He surely will, where will it appear, on the credit or debit side of the eternal page? May God grant us the strength to “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Colossians 4:5), for “It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2). God’s all sufficient grace has supplied the believer with every means necessary to enhance his life, and all these means come to us in the vehicle called time. Let us pray for Divine enablement so as to guide our particular vehicle in being about our heavenly Father’s business.

We invite you and your family to join us for worship at Grace Missioanry Baptist located at the Glowmarw Bridge Sunda School 11:00 am Worshiop 12:00 Evening Worship 7:00 pm Wendesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 1 Corinithians Eledr Charles Minks.

By Oscar Mink

For The Hazard Herald

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