Summary: The disciples came to Jesus to learn: WHEN? Many people seem to never understand time? Divine timing? Jesus is coming! We do not know when? So we need to stay ready!
WHEN? TIME IS A PRECIOUS GIFT!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11 (MSG) But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately,saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
LEARN TO USE YOUR TIME MORE WISELY… WISDOM LEARNS SOMETHING ABOUT TIME… BE SMART!
An old man was challenged by a young man to a wood cutting contest. They bet a day’s wages as to who could cut the most wood? The young man cut and cut. From time to time the old man would stop and set down. The young man kept cutting. He was amazing. At the end of the day the old man had cut almost twice as much wood? What? The old man stopped and rest? The old man said you must not read your Bible, I was not resting, I was sharpening my tools.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (MSG) 10 Remember: The duller the ax the harder the work; Use your head: The more brains, the less muscle.
REDEEM THE TIME:
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Colossians 4:5 (MSG) Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity.
We had a beautiful cuckoo clock that my older brother sent us from Germany. It hung on the wall and announced the hours by making sounds of a cuckoo's call to tell what time it was...
ONCE THE HANDS ON THE CLOCK GOT MESSED UP--- THE CUCKOO LIED TO US, until we learned how to pop the hand off and place it back where it should have been. We would stop and count as CUCKOO would sing. One day the cuckoo bird sang until it was horse... It sang 32 times: I SAID: LINDA IT IS 32, IT IS LATER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN BEFORE...
I HAVE MANY PEOPLE I GREATLY RESPECT... ONE OF THOSE MEN I RESPECT FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IS: MAHATMA GANDHI...
Several stories have made an impression in my heart. I read once that Mahatma Gandhi attended a church in Northern Africa. Gandhi had read about Jesus' teachings and he loved the words of Christ, especially involving the philosophy of peaceful nonviolent resistance. He had studied the teaching of "TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK."
So Gandhi had the opportunity of attending a Christian Church while on a visit to Africa. Some of the white people saw Gandhi enter the church and assumed he was black. Several asked him "TO LEAVE AND NEVER COME BACK!"
Wow, how mean and anti-Christian can you be? I understand Gandhi never returned to a church again.
I read once, Gandhi was traveling and the train was pulling out of the station as he boarded. As he was running along side the train his sandal fell off. So he bent down and quickly pulled off his other sandal and threw in down beside the train. Someone asked him: WHY DID YOU
DO THAT? Gandhi said: SOME POOR PERSON WILL FIND THE SANDAL THE I LOST, SO I WANT THEM TO HAVE THE PAIR. Gandhi was an important leader in a difficult time in India. He was loved by his people and by those around the world. A POOR MOTHER approached Gandhi --- HER SON WAS IN VERY POOR HEALTH AND WAS OVERWEIGHT. This mother walked all day with her son to seek Gandhi's help. Gandhi enquired: HOW CAN I HELP YOU? With tears running down her face she said: MR. GANDHI, MY SON IS ADDICTED TO SUGAR AND IT IS KILLING HIM. COULD YOU PLEASE ASK MY SON TO STOP EATING SUGAR IN EXCESS? HE WILL LISTEN TO YOU! Gandhi looked at the mother and asked her: COME BACK IN A WEEK? So one week later the Mother brought her son to Gandhi to speak with her son about his addiction to sugar. The Mother asked Gandhi: WHY COULD YOU NOT SPEAK TO MY SON LAST WEEK? Gandhi replied: UP TO LAST WEEK I, TOO, ATE TOO MUCH SUGAR. NOW I CAN SPEAK WITH HIM.
CAN WE TELL TIME? WHEN? WHEN?
Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?