The Three “R’s” of God’s Timing

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:9-15

I was privileged to lead worship and share the message at the Texas District Pastors Wives Retreat at Camp Lone Star. This rustic and out of the way camp is located near LaGrange, Texas. I left in plenty of time on Sunday morning – after greeting a number of folks at St. John – and made my way toward the camp.

The route took me from US 290 to Texas 237 which went through Round Top. That happens to be the site of a major 12-mile-long antique and flea market that was just coming to life as I was passing through. I didn’t bother trying to return by that route! Traffic was already heavy and people were walking along side and across the highway in a most casual manner. I wasn’t going to be late by means of this slow down, but I was not going to be as early as I had hoped either.

Then – just as I got through the 12 mile gauntlet of tents, sheds, booths, shops, ad hoc parking lots, pop-up restaurants and the like – the warning light on my dash provided a sober message: “Low Tire Pressure.” Ugh. Now I very well might be late.

I wasn’t. But this served the theme of the retreat: “To every thing there is a season,” taken from Ecclesiastes 3. And a time for everything under the sun.

Time. There are two kinds of time, perhaps even more. But one is the moment of time measured against a deadline or a commitment. The moment when the warning light came on and I realized I would have to change a tire, dodge a flat tire bullet, or be late. The clock is ticking kind of time.

Then there is the other kind: the critical event. Defining Moment. Kairos – rather than chronos. These momentous moments are those times when God is knocking at our door, and seeking our attention. These moments are when we are called by God to recognize, repent, and reciprocate the workings of God.

That was my three-point message to the group this morning: Recognize the reign and rule of God. Repent and believe the Good News. Reciprocate (I know it’s a stretch, but I needed another “R”) the grace of God. I’ll be unpacking that this week, and I pray that you are edified and God is glorified through the process.

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