, Muskogee, OK

March 6, 2013

Fort Faith: Our time is really God’s time

— By Barrett Vanlandingham

Twenty years seems like a long time, that is, until your first-born child turns 20!

Then you’re wondering where all that time went. Our daughter Ashton turned the big two-zero this past Sunday while away at Oklahoma Christian University.

She is now preparing for a mission trip into Anahuac, Mexico where she and several others will work at a children’s home during spring break.

This summer, she will be doing a youth ministry internship at Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa. Okay, Okay! Enough bragging about my kid!

Anyway, an important birthday is just one of dozens of time-based milestones we all cross in this life. Last Saturday, two of my former youth group members, Brady West and Katie Coombes, took marriage vows with their sweethearts (not each other).

While at one of the weddings, I met an old college friend who not only has three adult children now, but also just became a grandfather! Every so many years I just shake my head at how fast time flies.

By the way, remember to set your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings Time before you go to sleep Saturday night, March 9.

The Bible has a lot to say about time, but more importantly how we should use it. One of my favorite passages comes from the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-20.

He says, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We have a lot to accomplish during our time here. Trusting God is a great place to start. But we must also follow through in obedience to Him, keeping our minds pure (ref: Philippians 4:8).

This is of highest importance since Christ will judge us according to how we have spent our time (ref: 2 Cor. 5:10). But it is only because of what Jesus has done that any of us has the assurance of salvation.

Are you willing to give Christ all of your time? I pray that your answer is yes. Have a great week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or