by Rex Yancey

What Time Is It?
Rex Yancey
John 9:1-7

It is hard for me to believe this is the first Sunday in 2013. In 1987, I was driving out of New Orleans with the knowledge that I had passed my orals for my doctorate. That was a very happy day. However, that was 26 years ago. Where did the time go? Will the next 26 years go as quickly as the last 26? If it does, and I live, I will be 90 then. That puts things into perspective.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The supreme lesson of life is to learn what the centuries say against the hours." In other words, what we do with out time impacts more than just the moment.

Several years ago, Jean-Claude Killy, the world famous skier, was three-tenths of a second faster than his closest competitor; he earned 3 million instead of having to settle for being a $10,000 dollar-a-year ski instructor. Three tenths of a second isn't a lot of time, is it? But it suggests to us that no amount of time is insignificant.

The tour guide said to his group, "And this is where the Magna Charta was signed." A tourist spoke up and said, "When was that?" The tour guide said, "1215." The tourist looked at his watch and said, "O dear, we missed it by twenty minutes." Some people, it seems, are preoccupied with time but have no sense of history. But I wonder how many great things have been missed because someone squandered twenty minutes of time.

Alan Lakin, a time management expert says that if you can get control of your time, you can get control of your life, because this is the stuff life is made of.

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus warns that the night is coming. In other words, time is running out for all of us. Paul said in Ephesians 5:16 that we should be making the most of our time. In Colossians 4:5 he says we need to make the most of our opportunities. In another Scripture, the Bible says time is short.

All of us have calendars, and most of us have watches, which prove that we are a time conscious people.


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