COLUMN — We should make the most of our time
Last week we talked about how without transformation, Jesus is just information.
One of the Scriptures shared came from Ephesians, “making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” When I was younger I attended a few revivals, camp meetings and crusades. The older people use to always say, “time is short” and soon Jesus would return for His children – Christ followers.
As I continue in Genesis, I see a pattern in mankind. Nestled in Chapter 9 there is great devastation. The flood has already occurred. Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth (with their families) have exited the ark along with all living creatures.
Life moves on and begins to blossom as Noah plants a vineyard. So, Noah made wine and Noah got drunk in the privacy of his own tent. For some reason, Ham saw his father in the tent and Noah was naked. Ham gossiped to his brothers, that their father is in his tent, and he is naked.
“Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness.” (Genesis 9:22-23) What great sons Shem and Japheth were.
You see Ham was being evil. He was deliberately embarrassing his father. He was making the most of his time for evil. While the brothers were making the most of their time to honor their father and to do good.
Ham did what mankind does throughout history. He was trying to capitalize on his father and tried to describe his father in a bad light. We see this every single day. Watch the news lately? Seen it on Facebook? However, Shem and Japheth did what God does for us. God sees us in our vulnerable states, in our disobediences, but instead of parading it up and down the street; He lovingly covers us with the blood of Jesus Christ.
Our sins forgiven, we are delivered from our insecurities, any of our wrongs and so much so, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)
Christ followers, no matter how much time we have – we should make the most of it.
Yvette Perrin is a columnist for The Charlotte Gazette. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.