TEMPORARY RESIDENTS

1 Peter 1:17 – And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

1Peter 1:17 – NLT – And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”

Time is precious and time is short. Most of us get distracted by the mundane that surrounds us and miss the essential that evades us. Eternity is in our hearts and always right under our noses. We are often consumed with schedules and activities that have no eternal value. Did you catch that? Eternal! What is eternal anyway? We are so accustomed to this life of calendars, clocks, and deadlines that eternal just doesn’t compute. But if the truth were known, eternal is what we are made for. Today’s verse uses the analogy of a pilgrim passing through time. Our Christian pilgrimage began when we were born again and will end when we are swallowed up in eternity. When that day arrives nothing else will even matter. Our journey will be over and our real life will begin. Here is how Dick Mills describes today’s verse.

“The Apostle Peter says that all believers in Christ are to pass the time (chronos) of their sojourn in reverence….. In this case, chronos refers to a duration of time that has a definite starting point (the new birth) a progress (our walk of faith), and a consumation (the Second Coming of Jesus). Time should never weigh heavy in the life of a Christian. Each tick of the clock brings us closer to the glorious realization of Christ physically appearing to us. God eternal, dateless, and ageless introduced time only for our convenience. Chronos allows us to relate to the past historically, to interpret the present realistically, and to face the future confidently. Our Heavenly Father originated time. He controls time. One day He will bring time (chronos) to an end and will usher us into eternal life. That life has no clock, no calendar, and no schedule. But it does have meaning and purpose. The one outstanding feature of eternity is unceasing fellowship with the Lord. When our earthly sojourn is over, time will be swallowed up in eternity.”

How much of our time is lost in television screens and social media? Could these simply be distractions that keep us from what really matters? Is there something just beyond the veil of time and space that is calling us? I believe there is. Be still and listen, your time is about to be swallowed up in God.

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