In the opening scene of the 2000 film, Cast Away, a FedEx supervisor points to a clock in the work room: “Time rules over us without mercy! It’s like a fire; it can either destroy us or keep us warm. That’s why every FedEx office has a clock; because we live or die by the clock. We never turn our back on it. And we never, ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time.” Paul wrote in Romans: “Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near.” If we do not seek the power of God to live every moment, every day within the promise of Christ’s victory in our lives and world— if we do not live by the clock, then we die by the clock, and commit the sin of losing track of time. And losing track of time, we lose out on becoming and doing that which could bring fulfillment to our lives and the lives of those with whom we live and move. It is in this vein of thought that Chairman Mao Tse Tung wrote: “So many deeds cry out to be done, and always urgently. The world rolls on. Time passes. Ten thousand years are too long. Carpe diem!” Seize the day; seize the hour.” “As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.” You would think that it never occurred to the disciples that any ministry, any love, was calling forth. All they could think of was an irrelevant question: “Who sinned that he was born blind?” John says nothing of Jesus’ composure, but I imagine Jesus closing his eyes and taking a deep, long breath. “No one sinned. He was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is day; night is coming when no one can work” (John 9).
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