Seasons, Moments and Time

Nov 29th 2011

Most Americans have a faulty theology of time; we don’t look at time the way God views time.  The Greek New Testament uses two words for time; chronos and kairos.  Chronos is all about minutes; the passing of time, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week…and on it goes.  That’s chronos.  Kairos is all about moments; as in “seize the moment” or “don’t miss the moment.”  Kairos-moments are those God-ordained opportunities that make up a special season.

Our problem is that we think the pathway to success is found in filling our minutes, but while we fill our minutes it’s so easy to miss our moments.

Filling our minutes leads to busyness, but seizing our moments leads to blessedness.  Filling our minutes requires time management, but seizing our moments requires God awareness.  Filling our minutes drains our life and seizing our moments energizes our life.

Sometimes it’s easy to miss our moments because it’s just a moment…but there are other times when moments pile upon moments.  I call that a season.  You have to try hard to miss the moments in a season. Christmas is a season.  You have to try hard to miss Christmas in a season, the Christmas moments just pile up.  Yet even when the moments pile up in a season of God’s favor, the time comes when seasons like moments end.

The Christmas season has an end.  In fact I’m glad that it has an ending.  I know we talk about extending the Christmas spirit all through the year, but the bottom line is that I don’t think I could survive a year round Christmas season.  In every season, sooner or later, the moments to be seized…are missed.

Here in the Valley, I think we are in a season; something more significant than a Christmas season.  It’s a season of God@work; a season to cry out to God, a season of open heavens.  It’s a season that will be filled with moments to be seized; moments to dive deep in our relationship with God, moments to share Jesus with our neighbors, moments where generosity will be multiplied, moments to experience God.  I can’t tell you how long it will last — at Calvary we are calling it our 40Day Story — but I’m hopeful that 40Days is just the threshold to a year of God’s favor (Isaiah 61:1-4).

But it will come to an end, seasons always do.  The question that God puts before us; the question that is at the start of a sense of urgency is simply this, “What will we do with our season?”

Calvary has embarked upon a 40Day Story of Prayer, Fasting, and Seeking God for our communities.  If you would like to join us… email and let her know.