Last Lord’s Day we kicked off a sermon series on the issue of time: Fully and Faithfully Aligned to God’s Time. Big question! How important is time? Well, what we decide to be, and do, in the time that God gives us will determine our destiny in eternity. This makes time all-important for us. In the brief span of time that it took me to write this article, people departed this time side of life and moved into eternity totally unprepared to meet their God. It’s alarming, tragic, and sad.
In the opening lesson of this sermon series, we called attention to two invaluable gifts that we have from God. The gift of truth – God’s saving gospel truth in Jesus Christ. And then, there’s the gift of time – sufficient time for us to hear, believe, understand, and obey the truth that Jesus saves. We spoke about the words of Jesus regarding truth and freedom: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. Fully bought into God’s truth on this time side of life will shield and protect us from destruction. We will be protected from self-destruction, unnecessary destruction, and eternal destruction.
If we’re ready and willing to receive it into our minds and hearts, this sermon series will greatly impact the days, weeks, and months of 2024 in the very best way. Think about the inspired words of Isaiah at the start of this new year – “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times…” Isaiah 33:6. This is exactly what this sermon series is all about. To lovingly challenge us to embrace the wisdom and knowledge to be fully and faithfully aligned to God’s time. The results, we will be blessed to accomplish and attain what God has in mind for us in 2024.
– Van H. Hardin