Minister’s Letter – Happy Lunar New Year!
The year of the Dragon! As another year rolls by, it’s an opportunity to think about our relationship with time. The Bible paints a bit of a complex picture. On one hand, time is out of our control. Proverbs 27:1 warns us “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” On the other hand, time is a precious commodity which will serve us well if we take advantage of it. Proverbs 6:6-8 directs us to consider the ant which “stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest”.
In the New Testament we see the same paradox. James 4:14 tells not to be too sure about the future because we “do not even know what will happen tomorrow”. But this doesn’t give us permission to throw our hands up in resignation for there are clear instructions to be wise about the time we have now. Jesus told his disciples in John 9:4, “as long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” Paul expresses a similar sentiment in Ephesians 5:15-16, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
What Jesus and Paul have in common is an encouragement to recognise the ‘salvation season’ we’re in, and to act accordingly. And what season are we in? The season of waiting for Christ’s return, which means: resisting sin, pursuing holiness, maintaining our faith in Christ, committing ourselves to his work. Such a life involves a deliberate investment of the time God has given us. How will you use the year of the Dragon?