Ecclesiastes 3:1 (It Is Time Now)

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For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22, Corinthians 6:1-13, Psalm 46:1-11, Proverbs 22:15

Relate: All it would take is five dollars a day. I’m 37 years old. If I were to start today by putting five dollars a day every day into an account like an IRA or 401K, by the time I doubled my age, I would be a millionaire. Me. I don’t make a lot of money. In fact, for the past five months I have been losing more money than I am making. I don’t have a lot but if I were faithful every day with a little that I do have, I would eventually have a lot. The problem is, today, right now, I am drinking a venti iced americano. There is a Migros right next door where I can buy some cheap food when I get hungry in a bit, but I already know I will be heading upstairs to spend twice as much getting a pide (think Turkish pizza, shaped like a canoe).

The same principal applies in the spiritual realm. The first fruits, the tithe, of what I make is not mine. It is God’s. He has promised that if I am faithful with that, He would be faithful in return. It is one of the few things with which He asked us, He dared us, to test Him. The average weekly giving of an American at church is less than $27. That faithfulness, that sacrifice is beautiful… if we all made $14,000 a year. If the average American was making 30k, then they are robbing God of half of what belongs to Him. So often we are praying for faith that God would provide us with a miracle when He has already given us opportunity after opportunity to be faithful. We have not taken those opportunities. Had we been faithful in those times, the need for a miracle today would not exist.

React: I have always been a fan of “later”. When I get to college I’ll be more diligent in studying than I am now in high school. When I get in the new house I’ll be more faithful to keep it clean than I am with this apartment. When I get that raise, I will be more faithful to tithe. When I find the right girl I will be more faithful to be… faithful. I should be running every day and I will be faithful to start that… tomorrow. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun. The time to be doing what I want to do always seems to be “now” and the time for what I should be doing always seems to be “later”.

I have dreams for my future. I have dreams for what I would like to see happen. Those dreams will always remain dreams unless I am willing to take a little time today, and then the next day, and then the one after that to walk a step or two towards those dreams. My family has a game that I’m probably the worst at playing. It’s called 20/20. (For me its 10/10) When the house is a mess they’ll set a timer. For twenty minutes they’ll do whatever they want: watch TV, check out facebook, play candy crush or scrabulous, whatever. Then when that timer rings they put aside whatever they were doing, reset it, and get to cleaning. When it rings again, back to the fun stuff. What if I was able to do that with everything? What if I was able to take my expendable time (and money) and balance it between the fun now and faithfulness towards the future? I wonder what God would be able to do in me and through me?

Respond: 

God, help me to be faithful in every step of my journey. Times will come and go. There will be laughter and tears, ups and downs, storm and sunshine, feast and famine. Through it all help me to be faithful and steadily walking towards You. Help me to live and enjoy each moment of time as it is meant to be lived, but don’t let the crunch of time, or its steady march, derail or distract me from my walk with You towards what You have called me to become.

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6 thoughts on “Ecclesiastes 3:1 (It Is Time Now)

  1. Hi Beejai, I have never been a fan of tithes, offerings and sacrifices, and the New Testament does not teach us to do these things. We are not under Law. What Hebrews teaches us in ch 10:6-9 is that these are all sacrifices that the LAW commands.
    God would rather we say, “Here I am, God. I have come to do what you want.”

    If we give tithes, & offerings because we feel we have to, we put ourselves back under law, & God is not interested. God wants us to give, and give, and give again, out of a grateful heart, because we love Him and want to bless Him, and obey Him.

    YES, I do think regular giving to support our church is a good thing when given to express our love and to help build God’s work, rather than “I’ve got to give God a hundred dollars again this week for tithes, so that means I won’t be able to …………….. wrong attitude, forget it God doesn’t want it. I love you Lord so I’m going to give the money I had put aside to go fishing this week to your work instead. Yes, God loves a cheerful giver, and besides, we can NEVER out give the Lord.

    There may be times when we are not in a position to give financially to the Lord, that is fine, no need to feel guilty, the Lord knows our hearts, we are not under law, so we can show our love by doing what He wants us to do.
    At other times we may feel God asking us to give our whole fortnights or months wage to Him, through our church, or maybe to a really needy person, or to a Christian charity, and at the time we may have plenty, and be able to give it; that shows our love to the Lord through our obedience, and it shows our love to our needy neighbour, which also reflects God’s love to them.

    • Hebrews 10 is talking about how Christ’s sacrifice did in forgiving sin what regular animal sacrifices could never do. It is saying absolutely nothing about tithing. On the contrary, when Jesus condemns the Pharisees for being legalistic with the tithes while ignoring more important matters of justice and mercy Jesus says they should still tithe while not ignoring the latter. (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42) Again, when talking about giving in secret during the sermon on the mount, He doesn’t say “if” but rather “when” you give. It is not an option. It is an assumed duty all believers will do.

      Just a short time earlier during that same sermon, Jesus said, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

      When we do not tithe, we are robbing God. It is not that God needs our money. We need this tangible demonstration of His Lordship in every area of our lives.

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