Timing Is Everything!
There is an old saying that “timing is everything.” This applies to sports, politics, acting, comedy, music, worship, entertainment, real estate, investing, military operations and troop movements, love and romance, and to business and ministry as well. In fact, the sons of Issachar were renowned and revered in ancient Israel for accurately discerning and understanding the times and seasons (see 1 Chron. 12:32). You and I also need godly wisdom and the gift of discernment to discern times and seasons for our lives, our families, and our spheres of influence.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT) famously says:
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity [or purpose] under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
Jesus came to earth and was born and lived His 33 years of life in “the fullness of time” for His purpose, destiny, mission and assignment. In fact, Jesus has literally become the hinge of history with all time categorized as either BC (before Christ) or AD (anno Domini, Latin for “in the year of our Lord”). Gal. 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
Not only was His birth divinely orchestrated, but also His death. Rom. 5:6-8 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Everything God does and says is in the fullness of time. Eph. 1:9-10 says, “And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.” So the life of Christ was also in the fullness of God’s timing. Esther was said to have been born “for such a time as this” (see Est. 4:14). You and I were also born in the fullness of time for our respective purpose, destiny and assignments.
You see, your life is not just about you. It involves others and your life is interlinked and interlocked with the lives of many other people as part of God’s master plan. God is weaving a beautiful tapestry through your life which is destined to be a masterpiece and a unique, one-of-a-kind, original creation. Life in Christ is an exciting adventure, a thrilling journey, and a rich relationship with Him and His family.
When we are aware of and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and to the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd, it is much easier and more graceful to make life changes as they become necessary, expedient or timely. I am approaching one such change myself, and the timing is the very near future, this spring. After much prayer and counsel with God, my family, and our KCIA Directors and Officers, I have decided this is the right time to transition to a different role within KCIA and to make room for, welcome, encourage, promote, and support younger leadership with fresh ideas and fresh energy. We have a “deep bench” of amazing, kingdom-building, history making, and world-changing leaders in KCIA, so succession will be seamless.
I turned 66 last December and filed for my Social Security retirement supplemental income benefits at the beginning of January. I am not retiring, but I am refocusing and refiring, and it has been a great joy, exciting adventure, huge challenge, thrill of a lifetime and incredible honor to serve KCIA for the past five years in a position of senior leadership, and to grow in the process, be stretched and have the chance to serve with and meet so many amazing other kingdom leaders God has brought our way.
This experience has indelibly enriched my life, and I hope yours, and has forever changed me in the process. I look forward to the annual election of new officers by our Board in late March, and all that God has in store for us and has planned for the future. I see the future of KCIA as extremely bright, and look forward to serving you in a new capacity as Global Ambassador and Chairman Emeritus. I have several more books that are stirring in my spirit that need to be written, and as always, there are nations that need to be discipled, mountains and spheres of culture and society to be influenced and impacted, souls to be won, and deals to be done.
How about you? What time is it in your life? Seek God for the fullness of time for your purpose and destiny, assignments and legacy, and for discernment and understanding of what season it is, and watch Him orchestrate and direct your steps, and make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. As King David said, “My times are in your hands…” (Psa. 31:15). Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your ways to the Lord and He will prosper and increase you (Psa. 37:4-6).
Psa. 37:23 (NKJV) says, “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Prov. 4:18 (NLT) adds, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” And Prov. 15:24 (KJV) says, “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.” The Good News translation says, “Wise people walk the road that leads upward to life, not the road that leads downward to death.”
Jas. 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Eph. 5:15-17 says, “Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Bless you as you redeem and maximize the time the Lord has given you to steward on earth for His glory, and may you discern and understand His times and seasons for your life, family and spheres.