…who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…
Have you ever said, “There are just not enough hours in the day?” Most likely we have all made that statement at least a few times over the years. In reality, the time we have been given to live on this earth is miniscule when compared to eternity. “There are just not enough days in a lifetime.”
When I was a child, time seemed to move at a snail’s pace. Now that I am older, time is flying rapidly, and I realize that the years that remain are far less than the years I have already lived. With each passing day, I become more and more aware of how important it is to make the most of this time that God has given me.
Time is running out on the age of grace.
Today’s focus scripture makes a very interesting reference to “time.” In 2 Timothy 1:9, Paul points to how our present age fits into God’s plan for His creation. It speaks of what God has done for us in this time, “saved us and called us to a holy life,” and it reveals why He did it, “because of his own purpose and grace.” God did not act based on “anything that we have done” but according to His divine blueprint that He had established from “before the beginning of time.”
God has been and is now involved in accomplishing His purposes in this world. We are on God’s timetable and fit in that portion of time in which man has an opportunity to receive God’s grace, His gift of salvation. Since “before the beginning of time” God prepared a plan for our redemption. This is the time of salvation and grace, and our role in that divine plan is to strive for holiness.
Time is running out on God’s redemptive plan.
The answer to the question, “What does God want me to do with my life,” can be summed up in one word, “holiness.” In our focus text Paul reminds us that we are both “saved” and “called.” That to which we have been called is “a holy life.”
Time as we know it began ticking with His creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”(Gen 1:1) “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.’”(Gen 1:14)
God then worked within the course of human events to set the stage to unfold His redemptive plan through His Son. “When the time had fully come, God sent his Son.”(Gal 4:4)
We often think of the birth of Jesus as His beginning but, in reality, Jesus has always been. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”(John 1:1-2)
We now live in the age of grace, a time set aside for man to receive God’s gift and for those who receive it to live holy lives, set apart unto Him. During this time we have been allotted, God wants us to use it wisely. (Eph 5:16; Col 4:5) Put simply, don’t waste time on vain pursuits. Take advantage of the time you have been given to grow and live in Christ. Don’t squander your time on foolish pursuits.
Time is running out on getting our lives right before God.
God’s plan will see its ultimate conclusion “when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”(Eph 1:10) This is to say that the age of grace will end and only those who have received Christ during the time allotted by God will be saved.
The time that you and I have to get our lives right before God is brief. If you have never received God’s gift of eternal life do it now by believing in God’s provision for salvation, His only Son, Jesus Christ. If you have received Christ then commit yourself to making the most and wisest use of the time you have on this earth.
We are not guaranteed tomorrow? If your life ended today and you came into the presence of the Lord what would He say? “Well done, good and faithful servant?” (Matthew 25:21) Or would He say, “Depart from me. I never knew you?” (Matthew 7:23) Make the most of the time you have left by honoring God with your life. Time is running out.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Make the Most of the Brevity of Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.