April 5, 2017
Your Time Is Up
“and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14c
Timekeepers, whether they are a board game hourglass, a giant stadium scoreboard, an oven clock, or a bedside alarm, all say the same thing: “Your time is up.” They remind us that time is finite. We cannot dawdle on one task, or else we will bump into another task for which our time was already scheduled.
When we see time running out, we might panic and think less clearly, making the time seem shorter than it is. Or we might become more focused, motivated by the dwindling time to remove all other distractions. That has a way of “stretching” time, as we get more done in less time. Whether we panic or focus depends on our personality. Are we the kind of person that gets disoriented under pressure, or do we actually concentrate better when time is shorter?
How we respond to the shortening of our lifetime is a function of our faith and sense of accountability to God. If we have lived without faith and accountability, a deathbed realization that our time is up will fill us with fear. An inventory of our life will tell our conscience that we are in trouble. We paid little attention to the consequences of how we lived, because we gave no thought to the day when our time would run out.
If, on the other hand, we live with faith and accountability, we are ready for the end when it comes. We will have lived with purpose, knowing that our life mattered to God. We also will have lived with faith that, while our life came up short of what God desired, Christ’s perfect life and death prepared us for eternity in His presence. Since God has declared us forgiven through Christ, “your time is up” is not a dreaded announcement.
Rather, it is music to our ears. Jesus said that when we see the end coming, look up, for our redemption is near. For the faithful and faith-filled, this will be a celebration. For while it is the end of this life, it is also the eternal end of sorrow, sickness, trouble, tears, and timekeepers that say, “Your time is up.”
Peace today, tomorrow, and for eternity.