[#pictureLent] March 18: TIME

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By Cynthia Grout Layton
Pastor - El Mesias UMC
Mission, Texas

First, read John 12:27-33

Time is an interesting phenomenon. Most of us feel like we do not have enough time or that it just flies by too quickly. Others feel that it is either our duty to be "on time" or after all, "better late than never." Time runs our lives and almost all of us wear a watch or check our cell phones frequently to see exactly what time it is.

The fact of the matter is that only God has any control over time. The scriptures tell us that "when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons." (Galatians 4:4) and "at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly."(Romans 5: 6) God's timing was and is perfect.

Jesus was born "at the right time" and he gave his life for us "at the right time". I am so thankful that the timing of God does not depend on me - on my readiness or on my willingness. God knows when the time is right and will lead us and guide us into the future if we are only willing to follow.

May God, whose timing is perfect, find in us people who are willing to trust our lives and the time we have to the one who originally invented time. Placing our lives into the hands of the one who created a "time for every purpose under heaven" seems like a good choice for each of us. 

Prayer: O Lord, creator of all things including time, help us to use our time wisely and to trust you with knowing the time for every purpose under heaven. May a good portion of the time we have be spent for the building up of your kingdom. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Discussion/ Reflection Questions:

1. Why is time so important to each of us?

2. How have you seen God's timing at work in your life?

3. What would it take for you to free up more time to work for the Kingdom of God?