(Mt. 26:40 MSG)
The saying, “time is money” is true! Actually, time is more valuable than money. One of the most important job benefits for people today is time. Many searching for a job believe flexible schedules, working from home, and increased vacation are benefits that are nearly as important as what a job pays. They realize time is precious.
Time is a gift from God.
We have all thought, “Oh if I just had a little more time.” As a child, who hasn’t said, “Just a little longer!” when our parents said it was time to stop playing and come inside. When we were students, we’ve all wanted more time as the deadline for an assignment approached. “Just one more day!” we have sighed as we come to the last day of a vacation.
And eventually the time comes when loved ones pass away and we say, “Oh, if we just had more time!” Many of us would be willing to give anything to have a little more time with those we love who have gone before us!
No doubt, the first followers of Jesus wished they had that last hour with Him in the garden again. After celebrating the Passover and before He instituted the New Covenant with His people, the Lord told the twelve one of them would betray Him.
Quoting the prophet Zechariah (Mt. 26:31; Zech. 13:7), He reminded them one more time that He was going to die and rise from the dead. Peter protested and promised to be loyal, but Jesus informed him that his loyalty wouldn’t last the night.
Leaving the upper room, they came to Gethsemane and He said,
“Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Mt. 26:36-39)
Imagine you were among the disciples. They had celebrated the Passover and shared in the supper representing Jesus’ sacrifice and the New Covenant. They were informed one of them was a traitor, their courageous spokesman, Peter, would deny Him, and their Shepherd would be struck down. They reach the garden and clearly Jesus is overwhelmed as He invites three of His friends to join Him in prayer.
What would you do? Would you recognize the significance of the moment? Would you see the intensity in His eyes and hear the urgency in His voice? Would you kneel beside Him sharing His burden even though you couldn’t fully understand it?
Or would you miss the moment?
The disciples did not realize the opportunity they had. The Son of God, God the Son, had disclosed information only God could know. This One Who raised the dead, fed multitudes, and gave them hope, now asked them to join Him in prayer. They had a chance to do something for Him and to share His burden.
But they missed it.
When the mob arrived to take Jesus away it was too late. All the passion of Peter with his sword could neither arrest nor turn back time.
Don’t miss your moment.
Every day God gives opportunities for His people to join Him in His work. Will you recognize the moment when it comes? Every week God has called us to gather together to worship Him, study His word, and encourage one another. Will you “stick it out” with Him? (Mt. 26:40 MSG)
There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and 8760 hours in a year. How many more hours do you have left to give?
This Sunday, we turn our clocks back one hour. What will you do with your hour?
Will you recognize the significance of the moment? Will you remember all He has done for you? Will you hear God telling us not to avoid worshiping together? (Heb. 10:25) Will you take your place beside other Christ-followers sharing one another’s burdens? Will you worship the One Who suffered and died for the world and promised to come again?
Or will you miss the moment?
God help us to redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity. (Eph. 5:16; Col. 4:5)