Sunday, 18 July 2021
Title: Discern the Time
By Elder Tan Seng Kee
Bible Verse: Luke 12:56 (b)
On 5 July 2021, I had my second dose of AZ vaccine. My eldest daughter got married in early July 2021 in PBC. One sister reminded me that I had shared in a PBC worship service years ago that when my eldest daughter was a baby, she had to be driven around in a car at night to help her fall asleep. How time passes by so quickly where my eldest daughter is concerned and as for me, what’s next after I am fully vaccinated and happily hold an orange digital vaccination certificate?
Jesus in Luke 12: 54-57 asks us to discern the time and Paul in Ephesians 5:14-17 tells us to redeem the time because the days are evil. As a Christian, how do I discern the time as Jesus commands and what can I do to redeem the time as Paul tells us to? For many of us in the Klang Valley and in tight movement control lockdown areas, we would have discerned by now that we are confronting unknown and fearful circumstances and events we have never faced before in our life-time. In response to Paul’s instruction, what then can I do to redeem the time under such disconcerting global conditions?
The first thing I will do is to accept that my time on earth is limited by how long God gives me life on earth. I will therefore put myself to fully know my God better. It would be awkward for me if I were to spend eternity with God whom I hardly know when I am on earth. I will prioritize my daily Quiet Time with God where I will diligently read the Bible and trust God to speak to me as I read His Word. I will also desire to be in a prayerful state where at ‘the drop of a coin’ I can pray and my heart is confident that my God hears me and will reach out to help me.
Secondly, I will look at the current situation in my life to assess my strengths and to plan what I can do to serve God better and to be a blessing to my family, my church and my community. One person I know just sold many things that she had accumulated over the years and donated the money to the community.
Thirdly, I will not put off what needs to be done. Procrastination is not always the thief of time as the old adage goes, but it does steal the good results which otherwise could be achieved if timely action is taken. So, if there are matters in the family to be resolved, forgiveness to be sought or given and past or future actions that need to be taken, I will without haste act on them.
The fourth thing I will do is to more anxiously and courageously share the Gospel with everyone who has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is the only way to God and every other road is the way to destruction.
Lastly, I will take more steps to obey Jesus’ command to ‘do unto others as you would others do unto you.’ I will take the initiative to do good to others.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please help me to discern the time and like Paul, redeem the time. Let each day You give to me be a day where I lift Jesus high by the way I fully obey His commandments and love Him. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
星期日 2021 年 7 月 18 日
圣经经文：路加福音 12:56 (下) 假冒为善的人哪， 你们知道分辨天地的气色，怎麽不知道分辨这时候 呢 ？
2021 年 7 月 5 日，我注射了第二剂 AZ 疫苗。我的大女儿于今年的 7 月初在班底浸信教会(PBC)结婚。一位姊妹提醒我，我多年前曾在PBC的崇拜中分享过，当我的大女儿还是婴儿时，我们必须晚上开车，帮助她透过乘车兜风入睡。对我的大女儿来说，时间怎么过得这么快？对我而言，在我完成全剂量接种疫苗，也有了橙色的电子疫苗证书之后，接下来又会发生什么？
耶稣在路加福音 12：54-57 中要求我们辨别时间，保罗在以弗所书 5：14-17 中告诉我们要爱惜光阴，因为现今的时代是邪恶的。作为基督徒，我如何辨别耶稣所吩咐的时间，我可以怎样做才能如使徒保罗所说的那样爱惜光阴呢？对于我们在Klang Valley和严格的行动控制封锁区的许多人来说，我们现在已经意识到我们正面临着前所未有的不定性和可怕的情况。响应保罗的指示，在如此令人不安的全球疫情下，我能怎样爱惜时间呢？