God Doesn’t Run on “Flex Time” – A Devotional

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The following devotional was written by our Church Partnership Coordinator Tom Newton. If you or your church are interested in strengthening the global church for biblical ministry by sponsoring pastoral training, read more about becoming an Anchor Church.

Have you ever heard of the popular business concept known as “Flex Time”?

I recall that large, white-collar corporations introduced this flex time concept back in the early nineteen eighties to keep their troops in the trenches happy at their jobs. Now thousands of small business concerns may be utilizing flex time as well. Here’s the thinking behind flex time and this is how it works.

4360987794_3e40530450_oThe average white collar worker is usually required to work eight hours a day at their job. Years back, as people began the great exodus to live in the suburbs, getting to work on time became more of a problem because of expressway traffic or slow train schedules. But big corporations said, “If we have enough people to take care of business at the start or at the end of the work day, we can allow our people to come to work and flex their own starting times as long as they stay consistent.” If your company’s hours were normally from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, the company would say business starting hours would be from 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM. Then the end of the day would be from 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM.

This was really a ‘win-win’ situation for the company and its employees as its doors would be open longer and the employees would be a lot happier in the process. But someone had to be there to meet customers, answer the phones, take orders, process papers, etc. You could pick your own starting time but it had to be consistent every day. You couldn’t come in to work one day say at 7:45 AM and then the next day at 8:30 AM. And neither were you to be late. Oh no! Flexing your starting time allowed you plenty of time to get to work at your pace, train schedule or no train schedule. Arrive earlier or leave later, but be on time.

Would you believe that some people still abused the starting time? Now mind you, flex time was an appointment you were expected to keep. “The bus was late!” “I accidentally overslept!” “Traffic was jammed!” “I just double parked and ran in to get a cup of coffee and when I came out the cop was giving me a ticket!” To be honest, between you and me, anyone who abuses flex time has got a real problem. That person is probably chronically late for many occasions, not just in getting to work.

Does God operate on “flex time?”

Now you may be on flex time at your place of business but when it comes time for you to enter eternity, God does not operate on the business principle of flex time. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”  Does that sound like flex time to you? It sure doesn’t sound like flex time to me! I realize that you didn’t have the option to pick the time when you were born either in spite of your parent’s best intentions. But stepping into eternity will be an appointment we all have to keep and we will all be on time for it. No one person will be late for that event. After all, we only have so many days on earth.

David told us this in Psalm 139:16 where he said, “Thine eyes (meaning God’s) have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”  So God knows when you and I are going to be leaving earth for eternity.

When God calls a person into eternity, that individual won’t be able to say, “Later,” or “Let’s make this more convenient at another time.” Or, “Let me go and do this first.” Some people might hope that they could say, “Why don’t You come back another day when I’m not so busy.” But you and I move according to God’s time clock, not our time clock. We won’t be early nor will we be late. You may go through life always a minute or two late for various functions, but your departure from earth will be right on the button.

A believer knows that his departure date is approaching, but also knows that when it arrives he will go right into God’s Holy presence–certainly not a bad deal when you really think about it. But to the person who is not in Christ, in other words, not one who has given his heart to the Lord, then all this may sound a bit ominous. Dreadful, as the Bible puts it. “Judgment is coming so hold on.”

If you’ve never given your heart to Christ to take away your sins, don’t “flex” away the opportunity. Don’t abuse it and put it off. Don’t be late for this to take place. Otherwise you will be regretting for all eternity that you were late in making your decision when you had the opportunity on earth and you didn’t do it. As the Scripture tells us, “Now is the day of salvation . . ” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Not tomorrow because tomorrow may be too late for you.

When flex time became available at my former employment, I jumped at the chance. My hours were 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM. Rarely, I mean rarely, was I ever late, if ever. My homebound trip from was ideal if I could make the express train because it sailed along the tracks like a silver bullet. I still had to walk just over a mile to get to the train station. But the remaining trains after that express were either semi-locals or locals. I hated to miss that express #5:11. But if for some reason I couldn’t exit from work at 4:45 PM, the result was I waved good-bye to the last car of that express (more times than I care to remember!). Just missing that train by mere seconds, even inches as I watched the car doors close, resulted in a great deal of lost time and an upset attitude.

Remember the old company slogan that said, “You can be sure, if it’s WESTINGHOUSE”? Well, you can be sure you will be on time for eternity. True, you can’t flex that time away.

But today you can be sure of your destination when the time does arrive. The company you work for may extend flexible hours to its employees, but Heaven operates on a far different principle.

You know that your day to leave all this is already set. All you have to do is to give your life to Christ. Then peace with Jesus Christ and Heaven will a shoo-in. No flex time! Deal? Deal!

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Tom Newton
Church Partnership Coordinator
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