One of the pulls of the flesh is to waste your time. The world clamors for your attention, and if you’re not careful, you will spend your time superficially.
In order to combat this, you need to make the most of the kairos moments—those moments of each day when God invites you to join His plan and submit to His will instead of clinging to your own plans and your own will.
Radical Trust in Kairos Moments.
The most important parts of every day are the parts when God changes your plans and calls you to obey Him in an expression of radical trust. His will often looks different than our own. Consider the example of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46–52. The crowd and the disciples wanted to ignore Bartimaeus. They told him to be quiet and stop calling out for Jesus, but Jesus recognized this moment as an opportunity that the Father had given Him.
The way to live for kairos moments like these is to surrender your agenda to God’s better purposes. Receive these so-called interruptions as invitations. Train yourself to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The more you listen to His still, quiet voice, the more you will be able to hear Him.
As you listen to the voice of the Spirit, you’ll find that His timing is perfect. He will prompt you to take action at exactly the right moment. The key is listening, living out a radical trust in Him as you obey His commands.
Humility of Mind in Kairos Moments
You cannot serve others well in kairos moments unless you are depending on the Holy Spirit and walking in the will of God. Jesus is the ultimate example of what this looks like. Philippians 2:6–8 tells us that Christ,
although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Jesus humbled Himself, but God exalted Him for His obedience. Though He came as a servant for His first advent, He will return as King.
When we follow Jesus, He calls us to empty ourselves and follow Him. Instead of clinging to our plans and walking in our will, we are to submit to God in all things, humbly surrendering everything we are and have to Him.
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