By Pastor Prakash Jayakumar (January 30, 2021)
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden
“Time is money!” – a mantra I was made aware of in my 20 years involvement in the manufacturing industry. To redo a job means loss, inefficiency and incompetency. It is a good goal to want to do things right the first time. But the truth is, mistakes happen. No one can ever claim they have done things right all the time. It would sound obnoxious to make such a claim.
Humanity done right would mean to glorify God all the time and in all the ways (1 Corinthians 10:31). But from the get go we got it wrong. Adam and Eve, parents of humanity, squandered the opportunity to do it right. They ate the fruit of the the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6). In some respect, they broke the fast recommended by God that was for their own benefit. The cost of their failure was great. It certainly brought inefficiency, as Adam had to till the thorn infested ground to sustain life. The first family were deemed incompetent to be trusted with the garden which had the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).
The story of humanity needed to be redone. But the good news is Jesus, the ‘second Adam’, redid human life the right way. To start, the broken fast of Adam had to be mended. Jesus completed a 40 day fast without falling prey to temptation (Matthew 4). His sacrifice in redoing human life the right way has given us the opportunity to redo ours.
Let us during this 21 day of fasting and prayer get redone by God, with the example of the life of Jesus, and through the power of Holy Spirit, to reflect his all surpassing glory.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 2:17[PRAYER]
Jesus, thank-you for leading the way and being my example to live rightly for God. Help me to not be undone by my own mistakes or shortcomings. May your victory be mine today!