Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Redeeming Isolated Time

"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV

The dominoes of the fall are still knocking one isolated moment into another in a stream... cause and effect... cause and effect... cause and effect... faith interrupts that cycle and redeems time moment by moment. It reveals God's presence. Faith unveils eternity like an island in the stream of time.

Days without faith are evil because they cause ruts in a person's thinking. Innocence is lost and cause and effect begins to seem normal. Wonder is discounted as childlike and foreign.

Some people turn to magic as a pale substitute for wonder. Magic exalts the possible. Fiction is interwoven with magic... lives and lands created by fallen men for fallen men. Wonder begins with God and returns to Him. That awe is the beginning of wisdom. Christ is the Alpha and Omega of all wonder. Everything made begins and ends with Him. Unbelief gives us no choice but to settle for second or third best substitutes.

"If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy." 1 Corinthians 7:13-14 ESV

A home that has a believer has a witness of Christ's presence in it's midst. A believing spouse sanctifies that household. That person is redeeming time within a certain social space. Evangelizing speech gives people an entrance into their first eternal moments. Edifying speech builds a capacity to stay in eternal perspective and live there.

Quiet believing gives a witness of the eternal. Communicating the Gospel of Grace gives an entrance into the eternal.

The world is filled with people who are being buried by time. Cause and effect is slowly killing them. Christ is God's finger reaching in through the veil of forever to save us from isolated faithless moments. People need a way in.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." Jude 1:20-25 ESV

The Gospel has been given to us to connect us and remove the illusion of disconnection.

Lord, Fill us with Your Spirit and by love let us live eternity in every moment so that we function in wholeness. Make our lives a light on a hill and open our mouths to communicate an entrance into our Hope.

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