These are 3 gifts we can all appreciate in this season. We may not have considered these as gifts and honestly, there are probably many others that you can probably add to this list. The interesting thing about two of these gifts in particular, given the current climate and world we live in, is that each are probably things we wish we had more of. If you’ve lost someone to COVID-19 or know someone who has, I am sure you/the person would give anything to have time and that relationship back right now.
Repentance, on the other hand, isn’t often seen as a gift. Yet, it is the one thing that when it runs out, it has eternal implications. I never thought about repentance as a gift until I watched a video of a young man who shared his experience about an end time dream. He said something that gripped my heart and literally shook me to my core. He basically said that we never consider repentance a gift that God so graciously extends…until we can no longer repent.
The funny thing is that these gifts are also things I often take for granted, wasting them away or misusing them presumptuously, as if I deserve any of them or that they will be available to me always. And yet, they are all so intricately intertwined.
Relationships will challenge us on how we are using our time and whether or not we are using it well on the relationships that are most important. It will also lead us to repent more for the way we have mishandled our relationships, both past and present. Time, on the other hand, makes way for us to repent and to steward our relationships well or better. Repentance will help us to consider more carefully the relationships we have been in that may not have been healthy for us as well as the ones that have been healthy, but we may have neglected.
One day we will stand before a Holy God and there will be no TIME to REPENT for anything, including not choosing to say yes to a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus..Value the relationships God has placed in your life. When time runs out for you or them, it would be better to not have to repent for not stewarding it well. Steward the time He has given you and make the most of it as the Word of God tells us.
God has given us so many gifts, but the ones I am most grateful for in this season are these three–gifts I hope you will appreciate and truly cherish in this season.
Scripture references: The Holy Bible (NLT)
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