Summary: We can easily forget the importance of time in our lives and how a single moment in time can change our lives for eternity. We can become overwhelmed by the fast pace of our lives and the world forgetting that the next world is just a breath away.
Before it’s too Late
Luke 12:54-59 New International Version (NIV)
54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
This past week my wife has been forced to sit in a chair while her foot heals from surgery. She has been incapacitated like this for nearly 3 weeks now. In this situation the days can run together and you lose track of just what day of the week it is. All you really know is that it’s another day of healing and waiting, being unable to function at your normal range of abilities.
Since I have been her principal caregiver during this time she has relied on me to keep her up to date on things. She had turned to me this week and asked a very simple question “what day is it today”? To be perfectly honest I didn’t know. I knew it was a weekday but I wasn’t sure if it was a Tuesday or a Wednesday. We had both fallen into a routine that had made us both numb to the importance of time. We were unable to think beyond our own circumstances to consider what day we were living in.
This is the same situation that the followers of Jesus found themselves in today’s scripture passage.
For many of them they had lost sight of the importance of the here and now and really did not give it a second thought. For them it was just another day. Another day of routine, another day of just existing instead of living.
Sadly we can easily fall into just such a mind frame and forget to treasure the moment in which we are living. The Jewish people of Jesus time had just such an existence. They were God’s Chosen people. They were the ones rescued from Egypt and set apart as a people of promise for God. They were witness to countless miracles on their journey to the Promised Land. They were given the Word of God and entrusted with the sacred scriptures and a series of covenants, special spiritual agreements that would forgive their sins and provided them with a spiritual legacy unlike any other.
They had their Temple to worship in and a long established religious heritage but by the time that Jesus arrived they had fallen into a kind of spiritual numbness that led to complacency. For them it was just another day, another year, and they could not discern if it was any different from any other.
It had been 400 years since the last prophet of God had spoken and nothing new had been written or recorded as scripture. Had God gone silent during this time or had they stopped listening?