Sunday, 4 September 2016

What is time?

At the time of our birth, we are given a book with nothing written on the pages.  As we live our lives, hour-by-hour and day-by-day, we are writing an account of our lives in that book until the last moment of our time.  If you could read the pages of your life in that book, would you like what you are reading?

Time – What an interesting and comprehensive word. We use the word frequently without thinking about it. Time is a dimension and a form of measurement, and is expressed in many different ways.  For example – What time is it? When will we get there? Do you remember when…, etc. Again, time is a dimension that has a beginning and everything is measured from that beginning of time.  So, when is the beginning of time?  It is mentioned in the first four words in the Bible; Genesis 1:1 ‘In the beginning, God…..’. Therefore, God created the beginning. God created the start of time when He said ‘In the beginning, God….’.  There was a period before the beginning, but that is not known or measured in time. When God said, ‘In the beginning, God….’, that statement started what we know of as time, and everything is measured from that point.  Look at all the events that have happened from the beginning of time - wars upon wars; the lives of millions of people that have come and gone (which does not account for their souls). Kingdoms have come and gone.  A lot has happened over time. Wow! Think about that. It is mind-boggling.

The next question that comes to my mind is – Is there a record of what has happened over time?  The answer is Yes. The Bible is the most accurate record of the events of time because it records everything from the beginning of time.  No other history book/s starts at the beginning of time, so they do not account for all of time. Just as a side note, that is my main defensive theme of what I believe in defending (my faith) when talking to others about what they believe. Their belief system fell on this timeline that started in the beginning. What I believe is that the Bible is a comprehensive account from the beginning to today. All of the other belief systems are human concepts that fall on that time line. As an example – a man conceived the Hindu beliefs concept in about 1400 BC. Interesting isn’t it?  When the man died, so did the reality of the concept, but the concept continued on. The Buddhist and Muslim concepts did the same thing as the Hindu concept. When the person conceiving it died, so did the reality. There is a big difference with Jesus. When He died, He rose again and our hope is in a living God. Wow!  Thank you, Jesus.

The most notable event of time was the birth of Jesus Christ. It is so notable that the world’s measurement of dating time was the life of Jesus Christ. Think about that. The world’s calendar of events is pinpointed to the life of Jesus Christ. The events of time are either Before Christ (BC) or After Christ 'Anno Domini' (AD). The whole world has to acknowledge Jesus Christ, whether they like Jesus or not, because their calendar of events are based on the life of Jesus Christ.  Wow! What an impact Jesus made on all of God’s creation.

Does time have an end? I believe the Bible says that time, as we know it, has an end. The Bible talks about the end times, or the end of time. Some say the end of time is at hand, or soon. Some people dwell on the end of time that the Bible speaks of. I tend to dwell on the end of our fleshly time, and also on our eternal time, our spirits.  When we die, our flesh returns to dust, but our spirit never dies. When we die, our spirit is in either heaven or hell!!!  Jesus said to worry about the time that comes after this world; He was referring to heaven or hell.

Time is an important asset.  Time is our second most important asset, with salvation being our most important asset.  Note: the lack of a salvation would be an eternal liability of pain and agony.  What is so important about time? We are born in a moment in time, and we will die in a moment in time.  At the time of our birth, we are given a book with nothing written on the pages.  As we live our lives, hour-by-hour and day-by-day, we are writing an account of our lives in that book until the last moment of our time.  If you could read the pages of your life in that book, would you like what you are reading?  If you would like it – great! -- If not, today starts with a brand new page from this day forward. Oh, by the way, the scriptures say something to the effect that the book of your life will be read back to you/me at judgment.  The judgment will either be ‘enter in faithful servant’ (Matthew 25:21), or ‘pass by me, I did not know you’ (Matthew 7:23). These are the last words we will ever hear. Are you sure which words will be said to you?  
Hopefully, this is something to think about.

Well, I could go on for a long time (notice the use of the word ‘time’ – Ha Ha!) trying to consider all the aspects of time, but I would like to turn that over to you.  Think about it.  What does time mean to you? Hopefully, this is something to consider.

Author: David Leatherman

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to write this article which prompts us to think about how we may use the time God has given us on this earth. Psalm 90:12 'So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom'. God bless

  2. God lives outside of time? for us its like looking through a dark glass lightly? . One day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years but like a day? we can only see the past and present . We must trust God in all things only God knows the beginning and the end . Amen

  3. Thank you Brother for Blessing the body of Christ with your "TIME" to share this very interesting teaching. One of my favourite discussions is about "TIME". I love to debate The legacy we leave on earth but much more importantly what we do with our "TIME" will decide our ultimate destiny and whether we spend all eternity worshiping the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen.
    All the Glory to God Always.
    God Bless sister Tina

  4. There is 'a time to be born and a time to die' Ecclesiastes 3:2. What happens in between determines what happens to us after time, that is in eternity. This is a great article and should make us think not only of where we will live for in eternity but even as the children of God (Jesus) how and who are we living our lives for now. Do we serve the living Saviour or ourselves? What will be the words spoken to us at the judgement day? Thanks David for this thought provoking article. Peace be with you. Blessings Kevin

  5. Thank you for such encouraging words today thank God for the time he has given us on earth we must use it carefully and wisely because one day we will have to give account to God blessings Herbert