In one year, God gives each of us:
Today Pastor Miles distinguished between two kinds of time:
Chronos – A chronological duration of time (John 5:6, Acts 1:21-22, Acts 19:21-22)
Kairos – A special or significant moment in time (Colossians 4:5, Acts 24:25, Esther 4:14)
God is not routine; He intersects with our lives multiple times in a day.
God is not routine; He intersects with our lives multiple times in a day. So are we ready to see His intersections? For those kairos times, everything seems to stop, signifying an important moment in time. We want to be ready to experience and capture those moments, knowing that God has something special for us to glean from them. We want to be faithful in those moments and be used by Him.
Reflecting on kairos time, today we read from the book of Esther. Esther lived in a period in which King Xerxes was looking for a new queen. Many women applied and prepared for long periods to be chosen, but finally, Esther, a Jew living in a pagan community, was chosen to be queen.
In this same period, one of the king’s advisors, Haman, had a problem with the Jews and convinced the king to sign a decree which would cause the death of all Jewish people in the land. Esther’s adoptive father Mordecai comes to see her, beseeching her to intervene with the king and save her people.
But doing this is no easy task. Esther knows that if she approaches the king unbidden that he could sentence her to death.
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:12-16
Mordecai explains to Esther that she is the queen at this moment in history because she is sent by God to rescue her people.
What kairos moments are meant for you today, right where you are, for “such a time as this?”
1. Kairos moments are part of God’s plan for you.
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
God oversees all of our lives and He lives outside of the boundaries of time. He knows the circumstances, histories, and deepest thoughts of everyone around you, and He calls on you to help.
As you begin your day each morning, recognize that God already knows your day, the experiences you will have, and the people you will encounter. Will you be available to Him and accept the works He has prepared for you to do?
2. Kairos moments are part of kairos assignments.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Mordecai reasons with Esther that God has placed her in the palace as queen so that she can be in position to help His people. Have you thought about your own roles, relationships, and responsibilities in this light? Maybe the reason you have your job, attend your school, play on your particular softball team, etc. is because God wants to use your influence with those people in this time.
Are you listening for God’s opportunities while you are in your current temporary assignment?
3. Kairos moments involve personal risk.
Taking risks and stepping out of our comfort zones can feel scary, but the more we do it, the easier it will become.
“All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.” Esther 4:11
Esther was taking the risk of death by approaching the king, but her people would be in mortal danger if she chose not to go. When something big is at stake, sometimes we have to move beyond our fear and take a risk.
Walking with God is not calm or easy. It involves risk! If you are listening to the Spirit of God and you tell God that you are available to do His will, then He may burden your heart and give you His perspective so that you may speak with, listen to, lend to, assist, encourage, or pray for whomever He asks.
4. Kairos moment are opportunities to be blessed.
When you help someone else, the person is blessed, God is blessed, and a blessing always comes back you.
Have you ever seen a child holding her father’s hand and skipping because she is just happy to be with her dad? We should have that same simple joy all day because Go dis right beside us all day long. Sometime we don’t even realize His presence!
Pastor Miles issued a challenge to all of us to seek out and be aware of those kairos moments in our lives this year. God wants more of your heart, more of your attention. Let this be your year!