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“This morning,” Stan began, “I saw something the apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans that really struck a chord with me about the timing of everything I do that is important.”
“Sounds like a big deal,” I responded. “Tell me what you have.”
“Paul wrote,” Stan continued, “that Christ died for the ungodly ‘at the right time.’”
“God’s timing is always right,” I responded.
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied and then added “for me, this raised the question of what is the ‘right time’ for me.”
“In the first place, although I was very slow in coming to the decision, I eventually accepted the finished work of Christ on the cross as my salvation. Thus, that was the ‘right time’ for me.”
Continuing, Stan said, “But this raised a second question for me regarding the timing of my obedience to God every minute of every day. Is there ever not a right time for me to obey and be the person God intends, doing what He intends? I don’t think so.”
“Being slow in the timing of my decision to accept the free gift of salvation is one thing, But that kind of slowness doesn’t cut it when I am considering whether or not to obey. Timing is everything and the proper timing is essential!”
“Christ died at the right time. The question is whether I will die to myself at the right time.”
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you sent your only Son to die for me at the right time. I regret being so slow in accepting the free gift of salvation, but now that I have I am eternally grateful that I will get to spend the remainder of eternity with you when it is time for me to get on the train. You know, and I know, how terribly slow I can be in timing my obedience to all you have for me in being who and doing what you intend. Please, Lord, forgive all of that slowness. And please help me in having the perfect timing for all you want of me. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.