“It’s time!” You hear that a lot in August. School is cranking back up. Summer is over. Vacations are done. Routines are once again assumed. As a creature of habit, I tend to find some comfort in routine. I can settle into my weekly schedule of taking kids to school, working out, heading to the office, and hanging with students.
But this Fall is going to be different. “It’s Time!” is going to mean something different for me. I’m a HUGE fan of “24.” “24” manages to throw a whole season of crisis and action into a 24-hour period. And no matter what the crisis, or where he’s gone off to, Jack Bauer manages to right the ship and salvage an impossible situation, usually at great personal cost. In many ways, he’s a messiah image. No, I’m not saying we should be worshipping Jack Bauer or “24.” Modern media and drama weaves a messianic-type hero into most of the story lines we enjoy. Think about it. “The 5th Element.” Indiana Jones. The Star Wars Saga. Even “The Wizard of Oz” has a humanly flawed, somewhat unassuming “savior” that steps into the crisis and “rights the ship.”
I believe God has called us to step into the lives of many people who feel like there’s no hope. We are to step in and represent Jesus. And, although we are flawed like every other human, we represent a Savior who’s not. Think about the Biblical Heroes of old: Moses (murderer), Noah (a drunk), David (murdering adulterer), Sampson (womanizer), Peter (hot head), Paul (murderer)… You get my drift. And yet, a perfect God took these imperfect vessels and used them for HIs glory. God changed the world through flawed representations of an flawless Savior. He seeks to do the same today with you. But you have a choice, just as they did. Will you choose to say, “It’s time,” and embrace what God is calling you to do?
There’s a consistent theme that runs through the “24” seasons. Jack says it over and over throughout each crisis: “We’re running out of time!” Our theme this Fall for The THF Outfitters is going to fit this motif. It’s time for school, Fall, football, and a myriad of other things. But more so, it’s time to make a difference. It’s time to step up, represent Christ, and step into the fray of life as His ambassador. We will focus on taking His Light into the darkness of our culture so people can be rescued from their impossible situations.
It’s up to you. We’re running out of time. They need a Savior. Will you follow in the footsteps of this ancient work and join a long line of flawed and imperfect people who, in faith, answered Christ’s call? It’s time.