Remember from last week that Chronos Is Measured by Quantity. Kairos Is Measured By Quality. Kairos Time reveals and expresses quality moments that First Changes Us, and then Changes Our Surroundings.
Our passage today is taken from Habakkuk 2:1-3. Here’s the background you need to understand before we read it. Habakkuk was a prophet just before the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem. He senses doom is just ahead, and he does a very human thing: He complains. First he complains about his culture and why God doesn’t do something to change it. God answers his complaint with the truth.
Because they have been unfaithful, just as Habakkuk complained, He’s about to send Babylon to bring judgment. Habakkuk doesn’t like God’s answer, so he complains again—complains about HOW God is addressing the problem. All of this is chapter 1. Now let’s look at the heart of God’s reply to Habakkuk’s complaining in Habakkuk 2:1-3 (NLT)
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”
This passage talks about the impending judgment on Jerusalem. But it also says something about God’s Time and Timing, especially that last sentence: “It will not be delayed.”
Now here’s the one thing you need to remember today: When We Are Controlled By Chronos Time, It Limits, Even Eliminates, Our Ability To See God’s Time Of Kairos.
The life that God offers us is The Kairos Life—moments full of God’s Kairos Time. And as I said last week, we live IN a Chronos World. We are surrounded by Chronos. Until we die or unless Jesus comes back there’s no escaping Chronos Time. And there are demands that Chronos puts on us. To deny this truth is to live in a fantasy land. It’s unrealistic and untrue.
And as God’s messenger, I’m not going to deceive you into thinking that Chronos Time is no longer real once we become a disciple of Jesus. There’s no way around it; but we do not have to be controlled nor limited by Chronos Time, because God has another Time and it’s the Life called The Kairos Life. So, how can we thrive in a Chronos World with a Kairos heart?
If give our heart to Jesus and throw our life into the Kingdom of God, Chronos Time remains for now. But we do not have to live in Chronos Time the same way. It’s all a matter of the mind and heart—and where we hitch our hearts and minds.
At every given moment, our minds and hearts are attached—tethered to either Chronos or Kairos time. Chronos remains dull, boring, and a difficult thing to endure without being connected deeply and strongly with Kairos Time. But, When we are tethered to—fastened to The Kairos Life, it changes how we live in the Chronos Time.
Kairos changes our perception to see beyond times and appointments and duties. Kairos opens us up to the true power of the Kingdom of God that redeems and transforms anything and anyone—that brings God’s glory into everything and everyone. You just have to be in that place to see Kairos Time. To make sure you can thrive in The Kairos Life in Chronos Time, allow me to share some steps you can take so you will Thrive In The Kairos Life:
1. First, Check To See If What You Are Doing Really Matters To God & The Kingdom
Luke 17:21—“You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
When your focus is on what you are doing it’s hard to focus on what God is doing. (Allow me to repeat this: When your focus is on what you are doing it’s hard to focus on what God is doing.) Our focus tends to be on the external trappings of what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, touch with our hands. It’s not that way with the Kingdom of God. And what matters to God and His Kingdom?
Your salvation! Your spiritual maturity! Speaking to each other rather than about each other! Helping others! Getting to know people, their hurts and their hopes. Caring about others more than yourself! How much more time do I have? Well, obviously not enough. Let me put it this way—God cares more this community than He does about this building. And if you want to live in Kairos Time, then you need to do the same.
2. Second, Kairos Is Planned By God’s Time And Not Us
Ecclesiastes 3:11—Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Kairos is that Moment where God is making a move—in the hearts of people and at the center of communities. It is all about trusting in God’s timing. I have moments where I have issues with that timing. But God sees farther ahead than we do.
This requires us to make a mental shift. Instead of looking at our time as grains of sand slipping through an hourglass, we view our time as opportunities that God has been planning. Trying to control as much as possible is living in Chronos time. We need to live into time by seeing it as Kairos time, God’s time. Instead of viewing our time as seconds ticking by, we can see God’s grace at work.
3. Third, Kairos Time Is Big Picture Time
Isaiah 55:8-9—8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
In Chronos Time we get locked in our stuff—our abilities, our limitations. Human reasoning and human logic are under both the influence and the control of Chronos Time.
Kairos Time Is Under The Influence And Control Of God. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts.” God’s thoughts are rooted in His Power and His heart, not our abilities nor our desires. God knows what He can do while we think about what we can’t do.
And look at that other part: “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” As wild as my imagination can be at times, it’s nothing compared with God’s imagination! Our perspective is always limited by time and space—so we imagine in ways that are limited by Chronos Time. So we use time selfishly—what we want and desire.
God’s perspective is unlimited because there are no boundaries to eternity. Kairos Time reveals that unlimited perspective and unlimited opportunity that God sees because of Eternity. When you lock God into Chronos Time, you deny yourself Kairos Time! Last, but by no means least—
4. Kairos Is An Invitation Time
Matthew 28:19-20—“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Some moments are more valuable than other moments. The five minutes that I have to share the gospel with an unsaved stranger is more valuable than the five minutes of listening to people complain. I must take advantage of my opportunities—and so must you.
Kairos Time is when we accept God’s Invitation to be involved with Him, rather than us asking Him to be involved with what we are doing. (I need to say that again) Chronos Time is doing what we want. Kairos Time is living in what God wants. Chronos Time is killing the church. But Kairos is bringing the Kingdom that will never die!
God is looking for those of us who are sick and tired of living with a Chronos Heart—and who long to live with The Kairos Heart–to lean in and step into what God is doing, unlike what King Asa did. The story is in 2 Chronicles 16. King Asa saw his Chronos as what Chronos ends up being: HOPELESS! So he made a treaty with his enemy. But the prophet Hanani calls Asa on this and gives us hope:
2 Chronicles 16:9 (The Message) – God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him.
Asa saw his future as Chronos time but Hanani saw it as Kairos Time. Your current situations are the direct result of your past decisions. Your future situations depend on your current decisions. It comes in the moment of opportunity.
The perfect moment is perfect because God has been planning it and now invites you into a moment that can never be measured. When you realize the Kairos moment, take a breath and pause before you exhale. If you do this your life will be changed. We only have such a brief opportunity to shepherd our kids and grandkids when they’re still young children. When a friend is experiencing pain, we have a brief window of time in which to reach out to them. You never know when the Chronos Time you spend with any person is in reality—a Kairos Time for both of you.
- Each day this week invest some of your Chronos Time in
prayer. Specifically in 3 areas:
- Someone who has been on your heart
- The upcoming General Conference
- Our future as a church
- Get involved in our new Bible Study Group that begins Feb. 27 on the Book of Acts