Additional "From Further Afield" Articles


Published: 6/26/2014 3:26:12 PM


I just recently re-watched an interesting short film on YouTube.  It’s called "Seconds” and you can find it here:  The film opens on a ticking clock and goes on to describe that our lives are made up of seconds and how a decision made in one short second can have lasting effects.  I can remember important moments in my life like a slide-show, and now I can see both the good and the bad consequences of my actions.  I recall telling one of my friends in high school that she "looked like a wet dog.” Ouch.  Obviously, that thought popped out of my mouth before I had a chance to reel it in.  It took a long time before our friendship was solid again.  But I can remember fantastic instances as well, like my now-husband’s first words to me, or the moment I said yes to the position of missionary here in Gy'r, Hungary.  

As Christian people, we can look at these decisions and see that what we do matters.  Our actions have effects, and our words have weight – to tear down or to build up.  However, I think that sometimes we are tempted to believe the lie that our efforts aren’t important at all.  We may think that Christ has saved us through His death and resurrection, so now we don’t need to do anything.  True…and false.  We are saved only through belief in Jesus as our Savior not through any good or moral actions of our own, but in response to this great sacrifice, our lives change.  Our actions change.  The way we live our life changes, and it matters.  God has given each of us tremendous opportunities to serve Him and love others by sharing the message of salvation.  We are little "Christs” in this world, and what we do certainly reflects this to others.  We cannot ever be perfect people, but as we live as forgiven believers, each second bears witness to this fact.

The other thing that strikes me as interesting about time is that our God is outside of time, outside of these seconds and minutes that govern our lives.  As a teacher, I look at my wristwatch at least 20 times a day, and usually more.  My life is bound to the ticking clock, but God doesn’t see time the same way we do.  One of my dear high-school teachers/mentors once described heaven as a place where we will no longer hear the tick-tock-tick-tock of the clock but where we will be free to live as God’s people with Him forever.  

God is all knowing, and He can see what was and what is and what will be all at once.  We can read in 2 Peter 3:8, "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”  And while God does indeed know what will be, we still have free will. 

Oftentimes I hear people say something like, "If God knows everything I’m going to do before I do it, then obviously I must do those things.  Even if I’m going to sin, God makes me do it because He knows about it.”  This rather fatalistic viewpoint is flawed, however, because while one may know for sure that something will happen, that person is not making it happen.  God knew humanity would sin – He knows when we will sin – but God does not make us do these things.  Instead, He provided a way out of sin and its deadly consequences in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Jesus wasn’t the world’s Plan B after Plan A failed, He was the plan all along.  God knew that He would have to send His Son to save us, and He created the world, and us, anyway.  That’s how much He desires a relationship with us.  
While we are here in time, we can remember that God has gifted us with every second of every day.  What we do matters, even as we know the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, and look forward to the day we will be praising our God forever, in eternity.

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Contributed by Sarah Berta-Somogyi