Summary: The matter of destiny is something we can’t afford to treat lightly. We must carefully evaluate what our destiny choices mean, both for today and for the future and ultimately eternity.
IS THIS YOUR TIME?
Luke 19:44 “…you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
You may have seen the commercials about quitting smoking where the interviewee says, “I talked to my doctor and now I see quitting in a whole new way. It was my time to quit.” Similarly we have our times of revelation, whether it’s time to go back to school, take a new job, diet and exercise or other similar awakenings. The enemy to any of these kairos moments is procrastination which can prove harmless, rewarding or fatal, depending on the situation.
Is this your time…
-- For God to give you a new shape? That can apply to physical realities though that’s not where I’m going!
-- To move from ‘out of shape’ appetites to an explosive experience of God that will ‘rock’ your world?!
I caution you that you might have fun; you could start dancing before the mornings out! You may actually look forward to getting up tomorrow! Your time could lead to obsessive bouts of inexpressible joy and happiness where you can’t control outbursts of good deeds just for the fun of it!
Your story could change and be the result of an overriding theme outlined in Luke 19. It is the experience of Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, an image of a greater reality which is the triumphal entry of Christ into your life. Yes, I know you’re already a “Christian” but I’m suggesting you can experience something in your walk with God that you’ve been missing for a long time or maybe never yet experienced.
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus actually starts in Jericho with Zacchaeus. It never started on a donkey outside the city of Jerusalem. It began with Zacchaeus and likely involved many other people along the way. As we explore this fascinating story one of the first lessons we pick up on is the principle that
1. WE CHOOSE OUR DESTINY!
Sometimes we choose by not consciously making choices. The news a week ago told the story of a 62-year-old grandmother who was 51 kilometers over the speed limit hitting 131kms/hour in an 80 km/hour speed zone! The new laws in Canada for speeders over 50 km/hour are stiff. This grandmother’s case is being reviewed. Somehow the law thinks it’s not as dangerous for a 62 year-old as it is for a 20 year-old to be racing 50 kilometres over the speed limit! Somehow age makes a difference. Now this grandmother wasn’t intentionally racing through the zone. She was simply trying to pass a semi or tractor-trailer. It doesn’t change the fact however that she unconsciously chose the outcomes of breaking the law.
My dad told me on countless occasions, “look out for your health now. Don't do what I did.” He would tell you that he didn’t practice good health habits and health care thirty years ago and is now paying the price for those choices. He didn’t decide, “I’ll eat what I want and so what that my health will pay for it thirty years from now.”