The tomatoes are ripening and ready to can, the fruits of summer are becoming jam, the corn is off the cob and in the freezer, and the leaves are already turning their hues of red and gold. Summer is ending, and fall is upon us. If you are from Michigan you feel the pang of summer gone mixed with the excitement of brisker air and coming celebrations indoors. John Wesley said, “Redeem the Time” which has a lot of ways to read it. It means use your time well for good purpose. It also means take the times that we’ll live in and make them redeemed in God’s purposes. It also means that time itself needs redeeming because as the song by Chicago asks, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”
The answer is “Yes.” As Christians we know that the time is ripe for the harvest. The fields are white and waiting for the laborer in the vineyard proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor.
To invite others to the harvest and press out the grapes for the new wine that is God’s redeeming love at work through the Spirit.
As church and as individuals we are to be gathering up people, gathering lives into the basket of all that is good to transform and leaven it into new creation. Let us not waste time. It is the stuff of which life is made, but work for the night is coming. Do not be afraid. We have no less days to sing God’s praise then when we had first begun, an eternity!
With you in changing times,