Have You Made Your Exclusive Appointment Time with God?
“If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14: 14)
Has there been an exclusive and appointed time when you have turned to the Lord, repented of your sins, and believed in Jesus Christ to save you from the ways you fell short of God’s glory?
The come to Jesus meeting is the first exclusive appointment with God you need to make.
The Appointed Time of Repentance
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17: 30 – 31)
God has set our final exclusive appointment time but we are called to set up the first meeting. Jesus urged you to do this when he began his ministry. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1: 15)
Jesus said, if we don’t set up this first meeting, and we are urged to make the appointment and have the appointment today, everything in your future is in peril. “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13: 5)
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”
The Appointed Time of Prayer
God gives exclusive honor to those who set an exclusive and appointed time for prayer. The first physical miracle after Pentecost occurred when Peter and John were going up to the temple at the appointed time for prayer.
Jesus teaches when we go “into the closet” and close ourselves away to spend “secret”, exclusive, appointed time with the Lord; then Our “Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6: 6)
Now, there may be appointed times set for us by our faith community but the primary responsibility of setting these appointed times for prayer is given to you and me. The Bible has many suggestions on when and how this can take place. Jesus certainly models for us both rising early and setting ourselves apart for appointed times for prayer.
If you are slow to respond to the call of God upon your life, then you should probably set a time that forces you to rise to this practice early. If you want to start your day moving at God’s command, rising early and seeking God in prayer and praise and devotion may be what you need to do.
If you need help in closing out the day in an appropriate way, freeing yourself of your anger, and turning things over to the Lord before you end the day, an appointed time may be appropriate for you. Like the Psalmist, “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.” (Psalm 4: 4)
The Appointed Time of Service
Don’t leave your service or worship of the Lord to happenstance. Set the appointed time for actively serving the Lord and for actively and publicly worshiping the Lord with others. Again, the primary responsibility for this is laid on you and me.
The Apostle Paul says one of the first fruits of being saved by God is the good works we will intentionally undertake to express our thanksgiving and praise. Paul is so sure of this, he says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2: 10) And if God has set this up we need to make sure our calendar matches His.
We are urged to approach our service to the Lord intentionally and to willfully and cooperatively carry out this appointment.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10: 23 – 25)
Our Last Appointed Time