About Being On Time – By Pastor Sam Butler
The Word of God has much to say about time.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
The Biblical directive is clear: we are to take full advantage of, and use our time wisely.
“If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality. I have no more right to throw away your time, as I do my own.” – Richard Cecil
“Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well steal a person’s money as his time.” – Horace Mann
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Ro 12:10 ESV
Most would be unlikely to be late for an appointment with someone whom they want to honor. That should include our Lord, Who honors us with His presence: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV
I am constantly grieved by what appears to be a blahzay attitude regarding lateness to worship services at many of the assemblies with which I am familiar. When we are late for our corporate times to worship God or to learn of God, it may be indicative God is not really as important to us as we say that He is, or most certainly not as important as whatever causes us to be late.
Being on time will make us better stewards, better servants and better people all around. Which one of us wouldn’t want that?
By Pastor Sam Butler