My daughter and I love to watch Chopped, a cooking show in which chefs make amazing dishes with a set basket of ingredients in a short amount of time. For the main dish they get 30 minutes and they run around the kitchen working on their culinary creations. In the room there’s a digital timer and the host of the show reminds them when the final seconds are coming up: “10 seconds… 5 seconds…” and then a bell rings as he says “Time’s up” At this sound the chefs raise their hands without being able to even fix a garnish on their plate and all they can do is stare at their creation and hope the judges enjoy it.
For us too, one day the bell will ring, time will be up, and our lives will be in front of us ready to be presented to our Judge. What will go through your mind as you stand in front of what you have done with what you were given? Will you be satisfied with the final result or would you like an extra couple of years to make some adjustments? If I’m honest, I don’t have that sense of urgency when I go about life and my mission in it. There’s so much going on that the mission seems to be waiting in line behind many other things that I will do someday when I have more time. What has God put in your heart? What do you feel called to do? Are you doing it?
Before we start feeling guilty and worrying we need to realize that we don’t have to run around like the chefs do in the program, stressing over every minute that passes. Our mission is not something that we fit into our schedule, it’s our life and it needs to be reflected in everything we do. It’s a part of us. It’s about being, and I can only do that when I know who I am in Christ, when I spend time with Him, so He can direct me and guide me. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Now is the time for action. Our mission is about being ready and available because God wants to bless people through us right now. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
The time is now because today is what we have been given, this day is a gift and an opportunity that can’t be wasted. God is always at work and everything He does has a purpose. “…open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35)