Faith
Wednesday January 2, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"What Has Happened To Quality Time"

“The hurrier we go the behinder we get” is an expression that some use to remind others of the fast pace of life that’s required to keep up in today’s world. Some refer to it as a rat race in which there is little or no “quality time” to share with each other. This condition causes some to ask:

  1. Is “quality time” disappearing from our lives; is it becoming a thing of the past?

  2. Does God’s Word address any involvement on our part concerning the “quality time” issue of these end times?

  3. It is a big world out there. Is it possible for us to make a difference in solving this problem?

The profit and loss statement has become more important to most companies than the quality of the goods they produce. Quality products are becoming as scarce as the “quality time” we used to share.

Remember when we could buy cars that came with chrome bumpers that provided some protection for our vehicles; Chrome, instead of plastic, was tastefully utilized throughout the vehicle. Can you remember the days when there were no Whoppers or Big Macs from American’s Food Chain; we were forced to eat quality food in family restaurants? Do we also remember how special it was to take our nickel downtown and enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream from Johnny Walker’s Ice Cream Parlor? Most of us remember the quality of those days as well as the people who produced it.

Today’s scarcity of “quality time” is noteworthy as God’s Word warns us to expect deteriorating conditions in these end times, the times immediately preceding the return of Christ. Matthew 24:37-38 KJV is where God’s Word tells us this:

[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

[38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Today we face the same turmoil and corruption of family values that existed in the days of Noah. These conditions send a clear message to us…Christ is returning soon!

“What goes around comes around” and if we’re to fulfill our purpose, we must understand where we are in God’s timeframe. Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes! The upheaval and declining values that families face today simulate a lifestyle that existed in the days of Noah; missing “quality time” is the common denominator. We’re living in a time where the future is dictated by shortcuts

 

 


 

and a lifestyle that feeds on immediate gratification.

God plans to deal with the missing quality issue of these end times; He does His part well. His part includes showing us what’s required for us to fulfill our part. He requires that we do something; we must do something. We must take action because doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Christ emphasizes this point as He speaks to the Laodiceans church in Rev. 3:15-16 KJV:

[15] I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

[16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Doing nothing allows the turmoil of these end times to dictate our outcome and this is upsetting to God. He expects us to become active and lead by example. He, and others, takes note of our involvement; it then becomes a matter of time before we’re joined in our effort to replace these turbulent times with “quality time”.

Yes, it is a big world out there but it is also a world that’s full of choice and opportunity. Christ has shown us what He thinks of those who make the choice to do nothing…He spues them out of His mouth.

Alternatively, God notices the action produced by our strong faith, a faith that includes conviction and commitment as illustrated in James 1:6-8 KJV:

[6] But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that hath wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

[7] For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

[8] A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

We cannot waver because God expects results from us! He’s counting on our best effort to help Him restore “quality time” to our lives.

Being witness to these degrading conditions places us in a unique position; we’re able to help God to obtain quality results in these end times. He’s with us and together we form a majority, a majority that will make a difference. Peter does a good job describing the conditions that we face in 2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV:

[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

[4] And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The going is rough and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. God knows us; He knows that we can cut it! He expects our assistance in returning “quality time” to His Children and His Word takes us by the hand as it leads us through this battlefield of confusion.

It’s time to address a question or two that God may ask: Can we visualize the role we share with God in these end times? Better yet, are we prepared to do our part in helping others seek the “quality time” that only comes from God?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com