The ancient Greeks had two words for time. One of those words was chronos and the other was kairos. Chronos referred to measurable time. This is seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, etc. Kairos, however, wasn't as measurable. It referred to an appointed time. A special moment.
Most often, we focus our attention on chronos. "There is not enough time in the day!","I only have 2 hours to get this project in before the deadline!", "I'm about to be 30 next month, and I haven't accomplished anything I want to do in life!"
We've all been here before. I certainly was, and occasionally I still am. But what if God didn't intend for us to live life this way?
So often we live in bondage to time, forgetting that time submits to the God who created it.
Time was never meant to control us. Although deadlines, time restrictions, and time sensitive goals are all real things. They were never meant to rule us. This is why living spiritually in kairos is so important in addition to living physically in chronos.
There were many references to kairos in the Bible. And when it was referenced in the Bible, it was not just an appointed time, it was a divine moment. It was a God soaked moment. This moment was rich and required attention and awareness. This is why Jesus called out the crowds who knew how to interpret the way things looked but couldn't interpret what God was doing.
"Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time (kairos)?" Luke 12:54-56
Ouch...but He's talking to us too. We've become experts at interpreting everything around us but hardly interpret what God is calling us into it. This is both as individuals and as a society (which I will talk more about in my next post).
To interpret the kairos moment around us, we must be aware and to be aware we must abide.
Is chronos an idol for you? I dare you to change your perspective. I dare you to stop letting deadlines steal away your peace, contentment, and purpose. I dare you to abide in Christ and view the time you're in from a God's perspective, and not your own.
Even the mundane moments are divine with the right perspective.
Stop trying to fit God on your calendar, I guarantee you He wont fit. Humble yourself and find yourself in His timing. Live a purposeful life and enjoy every bit of the kairos, you might find yourself enjoying the chronos a bit more too.