See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
'In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today'...
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says 'I am coming quickly' four times: (3:11; 22:7,12,20). Also, 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock' (3:20). In the Book of Luke, He says: 'Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns... so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks' (12:35-36).
In the Book of Matthew, He says, 'Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect' (24:44). In Mark: 'Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come' (13:33).
Time is important in the Bible. We're told to remember what God has done, consider what He will do, and follow His direction today. As performers, we must know our roles and play them. Of greatest significance is the day we're appointed to meet our Director Face to face. The exact time is an intentional mystery.**
But He gives us clues. He wrote and published His Script in advance. All we have to do is follow the scenes.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 1) Be prepared. The final four parables in the Book of Matthew focus on timing and preparedness.*** 2) Act every day as if it could be your last performance on Earth, because it could be. So remain in character.
Your onstage cues come from the Mouth of God, and they are urgent. People are lost, and you know the Way. People are confused, and you hold the Truth. The times are dark, and you carry the Light. So study well, perform better and redeem the time.
If you do, expect a commendation from your Director: a golden ticket through a golden gate to a golden crown... all to hear the words, 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Matthew 25:21,23).
To Be Continued...
* Commentaries on 'redeeming the time': http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ephesians/5-16.htm
** Concise, well-documented article on the Second Coming of Christ: http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_SecondComing.htm#WhenCome
*** Matthew chapters 24-25: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2024-25&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.