Timely Action

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

Slow Down There's No Time To Waste

Key Bible Verse: Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. (Ephesians 5:16, NCV)

Dig Deeper: Ephesians 5:15-17

That “random” call. that “chance” conversation. That person on our heart. That unanticipated gift. That unexpected confrontation. That unforeseen crisis. That familiar passage of Scripture. That strange turn of events. That invitation from out of the blue. That inner stirring. That whispered prompting. That persistent prodding. That word of grace. [These are] kairos moments.

Kairos moments are moments of unaccounted generosity which we are called simply to receive with gratitude. At the same time, they require recognition (God is present and moving in our midst now), decision (I will say yes to his invitation in this moment), and action (I will do whatever he requires of me).

One of the most memorable examples of this faith perspective in Scripture is the moment when enemies of the exiled Jews persuade the Persian king Xerxes to issue a decree declaring that all Jews in the kingdom should be put to death (Esther 3). Now it “happens” that a beautiful Jewish woman named Esther has been chosen to be part of the king’s harem and is then elevated to the role of queen. Mordecai, Esther’s adoptive father, urges her “to go into the king’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people” (Esther 4:8, NIV). When she demurs, reminding him that it is against the law to seek audience with the king unless summoned and that she could be killed for this affront, Mordecai challenges her: “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (4:14, NIV).

[In] Kairos moments – “Such-a-time-as-this” moments – God is afoot.

– David Henderson in Tranquility


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