Devotional for Monday March 12th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”


Our Bible verse for today: “Pay careful attention then to how you live – not as unwise people but as wise – making the most of the time …” Ephesians 5:15-16 (CSB)


Our thought for today: “A virtuous person makes good use of their time.”


In his book “Whisper” author Mark Batterson explains that in the New Testament there are two different Greek words used for time, each of which describes a different kind of time. Mark writes, “The first is “chronos”, and it refers to clock time or calendar time. It’s where we get our English word for chronology. Chronos is sequential – past, present, future. And it moves in only one direction.”


The second Greek word used for time in the Bible is “karios” and it refers to taking advantage of an opportune moment. “Chronos is quantitative; it counts minutes. Kairos is qualitative; it captures moments.” The idea of karios time is what Mordecai was referring to in Esther 4:14 when he said to Queen Esther, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” It was an opportune moment for Esther so she needed to seize the moment and take advantage of the opportunity. It’s also what the Apostle Paul meant when he told us in Ephesians 5:15-16 to “make the most of the time …”


In numerous passages the Bible repeatedly teaches that as the virtuous people of God we are to make good use of our time, both chronos and karios. We are not to be lazy and fritter away the minutes, hours, days, and weeks accomplishing nothing of any significance (a waste of chronos time). And we must also recognize those special opportune moments, taking advantage of them while the opportunity exists (kairos time).


Chronos time is important. While do need to make time to rest and relax, we also need to be careful to guard against laziness and wasting time, as Solomon taught in Proverbs 6:6-11. Chronos time is precious, the clock ticks away and life ticks down. We only have so much time allotted to us.


But I would argue that kronos time is even more important. Sometimes we need to be smart enough to stop worrying about the clock (chronos) and focus instead on the special moment before us (karios).


A virtuous person makes good use of their time, both the minutes on the clock and the special moments of opportunity. Be wise enough to know the difference and then be careful to use both kinds of time well.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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