In this message Pastor Chris emphasizes the importance of understanding two words used in the Bible as related to time. These two words in Greek language are chronos and Kairos.
Chronos refers to the regulation of time as specific periods, for example, hours, minutes, days, years, etc. Kairos refers to a right, critical or opportune time. A Kairos is a timely season in God’s economy of time.
Whilst chronos, or chronology, is an essential part of our lives and regulates almost every earthly aspect of it, we as the sons of God must also have our lives regulated by the Kairos seasons of God. In order to do this, there must be the skill of ‘understanding or discerning the times’. Failure to understand, and to live by the Kairos times of God may result in us just engaging in the cyclical nature of life as the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes aptly describes in the first chapter, and sadly come to the conclusion that all of life is futile.
The Church of today cannot be like the church in the wilderness wandering for 40 years. We cannot be like the lame man sitting at the Pool of Bethesda for 38 years waiting chronologically, year after year, for someone to put him into the water when the angel came to stir the healing waters (John 5). Instead Jesus came to him on a sabbath day, an appointed Kairos day, and healed him not only of his lameness but also of his chronos mindset. The Church of today must step out of the bubble of chronos or chronology into the understanding of the appointed Karoi (seasons of God).