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Use your time in the service of God

Text: John 7: 1-9

Focus: John 7: 7 & 8

This conversation follows between Jesus and his brothers.

In verse 6 Jesus tells them that the time is not yet right for Him, but for them any time is right. Then Jesus explains what He means in the next verse. There He says that the world cannot hate them, but that the world hates Him, because He openly declares that the deeds of the world are evil.

So, the reason why any time is right for them is because they are still of this world. They do as the world commands and not as the Father commands.

What is striking is that Jesus’ brother James, later also writes a letter in which he says: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4: 14-15).

In other words, Jesus teaches James that we must seek God’s will and not that of the world.

While our will is still important to us, we are of this world. We want to determine for ourselves what is right and wrong. Contrary to our sinful way of wasting time, Jesus used his time on earth to save sinful people from perdition. In this act His love for us becomes visible. He saves us by humbling Himself, for God had to take the form of a man. He dies the death we would have had to die.

There is no greater love.

Therefore, His love must inspire us to give our time to Him as well. We must prayerfully seek and ask for His will so that we live every moment of every day in such a way that His will is done. Like Jesus, (also see John 4:34) it must be our food to do the will of the Father.

Use your time to be obedient, because Jesus used every moment of his life to save you.

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