(Today’s post by Marc Cannon)
2 Peter 3:11-18
In the first part of this chapter, Peter speaks of something I’ve often found fascinating; what time really is to God: 1 day is like a thousand years. As men, that’s a hard conception to take hold of…Similarly to a mere minute of our day. But to be honest, I think His concept of time is unfathomable to creation, at least the creation we’re blessed to enjoy.
By nature I am a procrastinating, laid back, go with the flow kinda guy. Just sort of whatever happens, happens, ya know. So spreading out time to suit my needs and to just “Be” isn’t all that hard for me. Reading this chapter a song came to mind and actually convicted my spirit. It’s a song by one of my favorite rock bands of all time, Pink Floyd….The song at hand, “Time”.
Without reciting a song that most of you may have heard I’ll give you the cliff notes: Time is in essence about living life aloofly. We wake up every morning and say, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. We grow increasingly comfortable with letting things go until tomorrow and we wake up one day, old and unable to do those things we left behind years ago. We see it every day with a midlife crisis culture. People try hard to get their youth back or become the person they wanted to be in earlier years but never took the roads to get there. Now, more than ever, people are willing to wager their “now” for tomorrow….People are more interested these days with just getting by than living in fulfillment. Then we wake up, and wonder why we’re in the life we’re living and how we lost so many opportunities, where did they all go? I’m the president of that club.
Peter tells us in the last half of this chapter that even though the Lord is patient with us all, the end is coming, “Like a thief in the night”. To live like we’re called to daily and that we will endure temptation to delve into spiritual squalor. Often, we as believers live like we have all the time in the world to get our act together. We live as if today is ours and we’ll let the Lord have tomorrow. Well, brothers and sisters, we don’t own the days…He does. While we walk this planet, usually in a selfish mind frame, we walk closer to either our passing or His coming. From my observation through the years, more people worry about what they’re going to do next weekend than if it’s even coming. Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying that we should live scared of dying or His coming on a constant basis. Quite the opposite. We should be living each day knowing those days are near and that every day most certainly is our last. I don’t believe any soul on this planet who knew they had no tomorrow would sit around and watch Dexter on Netflix.
I personally believe that the Scriptures which point us towards end times are encouraging that we will be brought home one day. It could be tomorrow, so live like it: Tell those around you about Jesus, tell them how much you love them, give a starving man a meal and live with the gratitude we should live with. It’s easier said than done, I know. We’re all certainly not built as cheery bundles of joy…But start by spending time with those who actually do live with a “This is my last day here” mentality. Live like there is no Time left!
“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I’d something more to say.” Pink Floyd