As this week is coming to a close, I can’t help but feel as though I was just here a few days ago. Time seems to be moving so quickly this last month or two. I was looking at my planner yesterday and realized that I only have 5 more weeks of school left. Hopefully this summer I will get to do a little travelling, participate in an internship, catch up on my reading on which I have fallen woefully behind, dream about going to the RZIM summer institute in Illinois (a pipe dream if ever I had one). It seems ridiculous that we are already past our first week of March.
But the more I think about the passing of time this year, it makes me think of something C. S. Lewis once said. I don’t remember the exact quote, but it went something like this: A person who is continually surprised at how fast time appears to be moving is much like a fish who is continually surprised at how wet the water in which he swims is. Time is our state of being, the reality in which we reside. For us to be shocked at the pace at which it moves is an evidence that we were not designed for finite time, but for eternity, otherwise we would be used to it by now.
As I was listening to Ravi Zacharias speak tonight, I heard him recount many examples and stories he had used on previous occasions, but something new he said was in regards to a blessing he prayed over a meal in a country which he left unnamed. A woman with whom he spoke was moved to accept Christ because when Ravi prayed over the meal, the first thing he did was to thank the Lord for the servants who had prepared the meal. In her culture, that was the last thing that anyone would have even thought of. And he made this point: if you accept Christ and allow Him to change your heart, the very characteristics of your life will bear testimony to His existence.
So many things already bear that testimony, the beauty and complexity of nature, biology, physics, even human logic and our own rational that things must be rational in order to be acceptable as truth. But how powerful would it be in our communities, our nation, and on this earth for the Kingdom of God if we who bear His name would also bear His image in both an active and natural way?
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to live like the members of the world. If my day isn’t going well, I want to complain and get grumpy. If someone hurts me, I want to make sure they know it, sometimes even strike back at them, even if it’s only in my thoughts. If something feels good, I want to do it, whether it’s going back for that third plate at the buffet line or watching one more movie instead of doing the dishes. It’s easy for me to not speak up in social situations and defend God’s stance on issues and just let the non-Christians control the conversation. But those easy things are not part of taking up my cross. They aren’t part of producing the fruits of the Spirit. They aren’t part of letting my light shine before men. They aren’t part of being the salt of the earth.
So I issue this challenge: Think about some missed opportunities that you have had to do what you ought to have done. Don’t dwell on them or berate yourself over them. Merely think back to the situation and resolve to handle similar ones in the future in the right way, in the way Christ would have you to handle them. Pray about them. Seek His guidance. And then, above all, DO IT.