Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior. Titus 1:1-3 (NIV).
Why now? Why have the elect (us) learn about the hope of eternal life (for both now and always)?
Because it’s time.
So today is Independence Day in America. Seeing as how the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 is now a World Heritage Site, in a way, July 4th is a holiday for the entire world. It’s the day when man declared his rights by standing up to a tyrant. King George wasn’t the most evil tyrant in history; think Herod the Great, or Stalin, or Mao, or Hitler for that. But George III was a tyrant all the same, demanding that all people in his kingdom bow to him as the ultimate authority.
“Not so fast,” was the collective reply of our American forbearers. If you’ve ever studied the people who wrote our Declaration, you’ll find they are some of the most amazing political thinkers in all of human history. They were also some of the boldest, willingly committing mass treason in the name of natural law and natural rights given by God alone. It’s amazing to think that so many people could come together at once and produce a simple statement that says “these are our rights” and defined western democracy for the rest of all time.
It happened because centuries of thought, and decades of experience and preparation culminated in a gathering one Philadelphia summer. Because God brought them all together. Because it was time.
Now is your time. Now is our time. Now is our time to not only celebrate this wonderful thing done by our ancestors. Now is also our time to thank God for them and what they did, and to realize that the rights they bequeathed to us enable us to live the lives we do here and now. God put Paul where He did to spread the Gospel for the first time. Jesus put His Spirit into Paul, and you, and me, and all of us to do the same, both here in America and world-wide. Thank God for the American founders on behalf of all citizens of our world. And thank God for Jesus.
Because it’s time.
For further reading: Numbers 23:19, Luke 1:47, Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1, 1 Timothy 2:4, 1 Timothy 1:10, 2 Timothy 2:2, Hebrews 6:18, James 1:1, Titus 1:3
Lord Jesus, You have me where You have me because it’s time for me to do Your bidding. Empower me, educate me, and embolden me today to declare my independence from sin for the rest of my life.