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Time Flies!

John 9: 4

The Romans had a pagan god named Janus.
Janus was the god of gates and doors and new beginnings.
He was two-faced -- he looked both ways.
Our word, January, is named after him.

January is where we are once again.
It doesn't seem possible!
What happened to Easter? Summer? Thanksgiving? Christmas?

The ancient worshipers of the pagan God, Janus, would have put it, "Tempus Fugit!"
Time flies!

Jesus reminded us that time flies as He said to His disciples:
"The night cometh, when no man can work." (John 9:4)

Life's final curtain often falls suddenly and unexpectedly, reminding us that time flies. Tempus Fugit!

Because time flies, we ought to prize it, highly.
  • We should guard it, carefully.
  • We should enjoy it, fully.
  • We must use it, wisely.
  • We must pray over it, faithfully.
  • We should give thanks for it, continually. Henry Edward Russell once presented a chart showing how the average person spends his or her seventy years:
  • Eight years in amusements.
  • Three years in education.
  • Six years in eating.
  • Eleven years in working.
  • Twenty-four years in sleeping.
  • Five and one-half years in washing and dressing.
  • Six years in walking.
  • Three years in conversation.
  • Three years in reading.
  • And, six months in worshiping God. Most of us must confess we do not use our time very wisely.
    We are foolish to waste it or misuse it because it is the stuff of which life is made,
    and it is a scarce commodity.

    5000 years ago, a wise man wrote in Sanskrit about the value of time:

    "Yesterday is only a dream, and tomorrow is but a vision.
    Yet, each day, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
    Look well, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life

    In his book, Time for God, Leslie Weatherhead, who was pastor of the City Temple in London for 25 years,
    mathematically calculated a 24-hour lifetime that compares to the "three score and ten" years of the Bible.
    Weatherhead said, that if one lives to be 70 years of age, life would be broken down like this: But if you have passed the half-century mark: We could add that if you are 80 years old -- time is running out!
    We should take a serious look at this chart and be sobered by it!

    "Tempus Fugit," we exclaim!

    An anonymous poet expressed the swiftness with which time flies and our poor use of it, when he wrote:

    "Hadn't time to greet the day,
    Hadn't time to laugh or play;
    Hadn't time to wait a while,
    Hadn't time to give a smile.

    Hadn't time to glean the news,
    Hadn't time to dream or muse;
    Hadn't time to train his mind,
    Hadn't time to just be kind.

    Hadn't time to take a rest,
    Hadn't time to act his best;
    Hadn't time to pen a note,
    Hadn't time to cast a vote.

    Hadn't time to sing a song,
    Hadn't time to right a wrong;
    Hadn't time to lend or give,
    Hadn't time to really live.

    Hadn't time to heed a cry,
    Hadn't time to say goodbye;
    Hadn't time to read this verse;
    Hadn't time -- he is in a hearse

    Because time flies, we ought to heed the admonition of Benjamin Franklin:
    "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." Say it today because time flies! Then, by all means, do it today -- because time flies and night is coming.

    Have you ever received Jesus as your Saviour?
    Time is passing!
    It is urgent that you take advantage of this opportunity to have your name written in the Book of Life.
    (Revelation 20:15)

    You can have your sins forgiven, and you can have a home in heaven for all eternity
    by calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come into your heart as your Lord and Saviour!

    Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
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