On time for the meeting!

busy manI had a meeting yesterday.
I was 30 miles away from the meeting place.
The meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
I arrived at 9:20 a.m.
I was on time.
The meeting was delayed for about 15 minutes for the other parties to arrive, who also knew the meeting time was 9:30 a.m.
I abhor tardiness.

That’s not to say that I’m always on time but I will be when another individual is involved. I do not want them waiting on me.
If I am not expected to be early or exactly on time and my arrival has no affect on anyone, then I may be a few minutes late.
But I abhor others waiting on me.

Why am I this way?
First, I work for a Christian radio station that is very time conscious. Everything must be done within a few seconds of a certain time.
I also pastor a church and, though I’m not concerned with the end time, that’s only possible because I am concerned for the start time.
Finally I had a pastor that I had much respect for tell me one time, “If you’re not 15 minutes early – you’re late!”
That has always stuck with me over the years.

Doctor’s appointments, meetings, counseling, work, school, the game, movies – we’ve run late for each or each has been late for us.
There is one meeting that no one will be late for – death!
The Bible says it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. Heb 9:27

God seems to be on a timetable also.
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt. Ex 34:18
These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. Lev 23:4
Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. Num 9:2
He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down. Ps 104:19

You have an appointment to meet Jesus; for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. 2 Cor 5:10
Will you be late for the meeting that could save you eternally?
Make an appointment for church this Sunday and learn more about your future meeting with God.
It could be the difference between eternal life or eternal death.

2 thoughts on “On time for the meeting!

  1. Why hold up the meeting? This validates their tardiness. Start holding the meetings on time and the “tardies” will find a way to be there in a timely manner (unless there was something beyond their control). Worked for Second Baptist Church in Houston for Dr. Ed Young and he never held up the meeting for the “Tardies” and once they found this out – never late again :).


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