Join Pastor Dave Swaim and his wife Michelle at the start of your day for a short devotional on the book of James.
"For such a time as this..." Esther 4:14
"The time has come, the Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News!"- Mark 1:14-15
There are two Greek words to describe time. Chronos describes linear time- seconds, hours, days, etc. Kairos is different. Kairos describes a special moment in time, a moment in which God speaks into our lives and invites us to respond to His invitation. Many have described it as a "non-neutral moment," something that stands out to us and breaks us out of our rhythm or routine. This could happen in big, dramatic ways. But more often than not, it is in the ordinary moments of our day-to-day lives. God is always speaking to us, constantly offering words of affirmation, blessing, challenge, and invitation. Bringing people, situations, and opportunities into our paths to engage with as a blessing. Our days are filled with Kairos moments. The task for us is slowing down enough to pay attention, discern what God is saying, and respond faithfully. This is easier said than done! But like everything else, it is something we can grow in, and learn how to more clearly understand God's voice, especially when we have others helping us.
The following is a tool designed to help us engage with these Kairos moments. Personally I have found it to be incredibly valuable! If this is something you wish to grow in, I hope you take some time to slow down and practice it. The hope is that when we hear what God is saying, and respond accordingly, that our trajectory will be altered a bit. That we will grow, perhaps ever so slightly, as followers of Jesus.
Observe: What happened? What made the moment "non-neutral? What thoughts, feelings, memories, or reactions came to mind? What felt like a challenge or blessing?
Reflect: What is this showing you about God? About yourself? What might God be showing you about a person, situation, or opportunity? Why does this feel significant?
Discuss: Find someone you trust and share with them. Does this sound like God is at work? Or is it coming from a place of fear/guilt/shame/anxiety? Discern together what, if anything, God might be saying in this moment.
Plan: In light of what God has said, how will you respond? What does it mean to be faithful in this moment? Try to be as specific and concrete as possible.
Accountability: Invite this person to follow up with you on a specific day or time to process how your response went.
Act: Put your plan into action! See what God does in and through you as a result.