Personally, I have regrets about undone to-do lists and missed opportunities of the past. And I worry about what the present circumstances might mean for the future. I want to get everything done, but never have enough time to do it. That leaves me with only two options.
- I must be infinite. I must be better than the best superhero, able to do everything, be everywhere, and figure it all out in my own mind. I must be in control. I must be invincible. Given the fact that this is impossible, the preferable solution is …
- I let Jesus be infinite. I know, trust, and love in Jesus who himself is infinite. He is endless and eternal. He is unconditional in his mercy and forgiveness which never fails. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere all at once—but … he became finite! Limited. Subject to time’s control.
Think about this! The eternal Son of God was born into time. The almighty Lord allowed himself to be under time’s influence. The turning of the calendar. The ticking of seconds and seasons.
Time kept Jesus in Mary’s womb for about 9 months. Time told Jesus that as a toddler he’d learn to walk and talk but it wasn’t yet time to grow a beard. Time initiated puberty. Time called him to Jerusalem where he’d suffer, die, and rise. “The hour has come,” Jesus told his disciples (Mark 14:41).
As we try so hard to be infinite but cannot, the One who is himself infinite became finite, became limited, became a servant of time. Why? This Bible verse says it all, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law” (Galatians 4:4,5).
We who are finite try desperately to become infinite while Jesus, who is infinite, became finite to save us, to forgive us, and to set us free. Jesus served time to redeem us, to save us from ourselves.
Jesus’ “fullness of time” fills up the times we waste or worry.
When I’m running late, that time is filled with the saving grace of Jesus who is already there. When I can’t get everything done, Jesus fills up what I’m lacking with his grace that says I should stop trying to do it all. When I’ve failed, when I’m lazy, when I’m not as disciplined as my coach or doctor wants me to be it’s all filled up, all satisfied by the saving grace of Jesus.
This is freeing, and the way to live life without the guilt of being a slave to time. Just a servant of Jesus.
PRAYER: I battle time, Jesus, trying to get everything done, and can’t do it. You served time perfectly, and save me from the times I waste or worry too much. Remind me that you are infinite and I am not. I need you. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Mark 1:35-39. Jesus made perfect choices as he managed his time. And he still didn’t do it all. Jesus didn’t heal everyone. Jesus didn’t preach everywhere. Jesus spent “me time” alone, or in communion with his Father out of the reach of people, including his close friends. Jesus slept. Jesus even took naps! Yet Jesus did everything God the Father wanted him to do. That includes dying for our sins of mismanaging time and missing opportunities, sins of misprioritizing time and misunderstanding when to work and when to rest, when to be alone and when to connect with people. How does this change your approach to how you use your time this week? Or how you feel about it?