Today is April 27th and it is the anniversary of the day I was born. In my immediate family we make a big deal of about birthdays, because my father, sister and myself, were all born in April and our birthdays are in the same week. Isn't that an amazing feat by my parents. We don't know how that happened as it was not planned but we do know it makes my dad and mother the sho nuff truth. And at each birthday I always make it a habit to look back at the past year to see how I faired with the time I have been freely given on this earth. And this birthday will not be any different. When I look back over this year, I see that God has kept me in His plan of hope and future by His grace. I brought in 2020, sitting in a hospital thank God for being on time by allowing situations to occur to prompt me to move and discover some things about my health that had the potential to be life threatening. While laying there, I prayed for more time on this earth because I was just getting started. You see, at this stage in my life, I am working to make up time as I wasted a lot of time. And I promised that I would not waste anymore time on anything or anyone. I wasted a lot of my 20's and parts of my 30's seeking my purpose outside the church, as I did not want anything to do with church other than going to get a Word and coming home. Being a preacher's kid jaded me on church. What I saw and experienced from the whole church "operation" within my immediate and extended family had me running to every door of destiny except my own and I wasted valuable time.
We hear so much about living in purpose and finding purpose but we never hear much about being on time for purpose. But what do we know about this appointed time? We surely do not hear much about Kairos time in our society as we are regulated by “chronos” (kronos) time, which is chronology. Chronology is a valuable tool in the hands of human beings. Chronology is a human attempt to structure the order of God's creation. Chronology is mankind’s attempt to measure time in an orderly fashion within God’s creation using external resources which makes us unconscious of those times in our lives when it is “our time.” Chronology is determined by flesh. Kairos is time determined by the Eternal Creator. Chronology is concrete. Kairos is intangible. We get so caught up in the chronology of our necessities that we miss our Kairos.
When I look back at when I heard from God that it was my time to move out of the comfort and convenience of my life and walk into faith and actively begin to work the vision of The Sanctuary, my natural self was not in agreement. In my analytical logical mind, I knew the circumstances of my life were saying loud and clear that it was not a good time. The logical and natural order should be for me to remain on my job for a few more years, take care of some pressing needs and just work on the establishing The Sanctuary on the side. That would be the safest and more stable solution. But my spiritual self was saying that I had to look beyond my circumstances, what I could see in the natural and listen to the voice of God that was speaking loudly to my Spirit. It was time to take my faith to the next level because as it was my time…my appointed time. And I made the decision to seize my Kairos moment.
Now you must understand that Kairos is perpetual, meaning that it is continuous when you remain in the perfect Will of God. When you remain in your “kairos,” your divine purpose will be manifested just as the Samaritan woman at the well. And it will be a movement in your life that will not only affect you but those around you. Case in point, because I seized my Karios moment and left my position, it allowed me more time in prayer and in fellowship with my Creator seeking answers and direction. One night as I was crying out to God, wondering if I made the right decision, I saw the vision of The Sanctuary very clearly and I stepped into that role on January 2011 and here we are 9 years later reaching the kingdom locally and abroad. Covenant partners committed to the vision in the four corners of the earth. We are reaching them by streaming our worship services across 9 platforms. We were doing this virtual ministry before it hit mainstream as it is today. We are bridging gaps between generations, and repairing brokenness in homes and reaching people right where they are with the Word and the Spirit of the Most High.
When I stopped fighting and questioning God's timing that's when I arrived on time for my appointment. When you arrive your attitude towards your Kairos moments determines the outcome, the question is, are you open or aren't you? Many of us are concerned with the proper time as I was. But what is the perfect time? Who determines the perfect time? God! He is the creator of chronology, He existed before recorded time and will continue long after time ceases. God is the master of Eternity. God is the determiner, deciding the moment, people, and places to advance his purpose. God is the one who determines the Kairos. He has a time for everything. His word says, "there is a time for everything; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to begin and a time to end; a time to let go and a time to hold on; a time to start again and a time to quit; and a time to fight back and a time to defend." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11). You may have no external indications of the kairos of opportunity, no visible signs, warning bells, whistles, or alarms, but you can discern the time by being in relationship with the Timekeeper. And the Great Timekeeper is saying run me my time. You will not be successful trying to do it on your own time, you may get things done but it will be the hard way. I encourage you to develop a woman at the well consciousness, and become aware of kairos opportunities. Your kairos moments are in the hands of God. Become a person open to God kairos time…open to His time. A person in His time has learned to live by the promptings and leading of the Holy Spirit to let one know when to move out of the way to see what God is doing. Become a person that is not driven by the human structure of time. Yes, be mindful of its usefulness and constraints but learn that when it’s God’s time, things F.L.O.W. easier. Learn how to get your Fellowship, Love, Obedience, Worship. This will help you to know your kairos moments. The Samaritan woman did have one hope that one day things would change, and she kept going to the well to fetch water at noon every day. She had a flow. She may have felt down, she may have felt angry or ashamed, but she got up and went to the well. She took a risk and spoke to Jesus. And that changed everything. She went from being a woman carrying empty vessels, a woman with a sketchy past people condemned and gossiped about, to becoming a woman of belief, of action, of value and that changed her community and a generation. She became herself a vessel filled and overflowing with Good News as have I. I have come to know just like that Samaritan Woman that being in His time will make you on time for your purpose! Run Him His time! It doesn't belong to you anyway.