Time: Kronos and Kairos

April 13, 2006

Time.  The Bible uses two different Greek words for time.  The first word is kronos, which refers to time in general, a period of time.  The second word, kairos, refers to a moment in time…the emphasis being upon the uniqueness of that particular moment.

Though life may appear to be defined by time in general (kronos) I don’t think this is the case.  I think life that is truly life is defined by a succession of moments (kairos) in time.  Moments like what happened to me two days ago when I saw my son roll over for the very first time (not 13-year-old Luke, but five-month-old Jared).  Now that was a moment!  And now he rolls around like a fuel-injected rolling pin!  It was a special moment never to be repeated again throughout all eternity.  It was a kairos kind of moment.

The world says, ‘Carpe diem!’ (seize the day)…not bad, but the Bible says  “…look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…” [here kairos, not kronos] (Ephesians 5:15-16a).

In your families and in your friendships I urge you to make the best possible use of the time (kronos).  Why?  Because it’s normally in the context of kronos moments that kairos moments occur.  Little kronos. Little kairos.  Much kronos, more of the precious kairos.  Are you walking wisely and seeking to make the best use of the time?  Just thought I’d ask.

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