It’s Time

That humans exist says a lot about the creative ability and loving character of the Lord. What we choose to do with the wondrous life the Lord gave us says a lot about our character and what the prospects are for us to do good work during our days on earth. Please give this song a sing-along listen, then let’s talk about what the Lord gave us to work with and when might be a good time to get to it.

What wondrous life we’ve been given

Our song opens with the words “What wondrous life we’ve been given.” Back in the garden, God gave Adam life — wondrous life. What a magnificent picture of beauty, brains and health Adam must have been before he sinned.

Though Adam’s descendants are born with less life than Adam had at the very beginning, that life we all are born with is still wondrous. Even if the life we are born with is only temporary, for many it lasts long enough to allow time to learn the good news of the Gospel.

The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ came to bring to mankind a greater life than the one Adam sinned away — a life that is everlasting — a gift He has made available to everyone who asks to receive it.

Once we accept this gift of life through Jesus Christ we become able to go the everlasting distance with everlasting brothers and sisters, in everlasting joyful fellowship with our Heavenly Father Who has no beginning and no end.

I don’t know what word we can add to “wondrous” to adequately describe our original birth life plus this new life through Christ.

But even though words might fail, we can still thank the Lord for the wondrous life we’ve been given.

What marvelous power we’ve been given

Our song’s second verse talks about power. The life Jesus Christ gives comes loaded with power. Ephesians 1 (NIV) reads in part, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know . . . his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”

God exercised power when he raised Christ from the dead and seated Christ at His right hand. Jesus Christ exercises power that enables him to operate far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.

Colossians says it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” We have been given life that includes power and ability, energized by the Lord.

We were born with free will — able to choose what to do with the life the Lord gave us.

Ephesians says we are “created in Christ Jesus unto good works.”

We are built to do good works.
We are also built with the ability to decide whether or not to do them.

In Romans 12 we read, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The Lord says prove it — what a remarkable request.

Fruitful living

We did not receive the kind of life that makes broccoli or apples grow, though that kind of life is pretty amazing.

We did not receive the kind of life that makes cats purr, though that is pretty amazing, too.

When a person gets saved — born again — the person receives spiritual life that is bundled with power to do the good works the Lord built us to do.

He gave us spiritual tools to help with the work. 1 Corinthians 12 lists speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophesy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, miracles and gifts of healing. These manifestations of holy spirit enable us to grow spiritually, to pray and praise well, to get guidance when needed, and to bring healing and more. The first century church needed these things, and we still do today.

Do you know who gets to use these spiritual tools? People who are created in Christ Jesus unto good works get to. The size of that user group might surprise some. The Bible describes the user group with these words — “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man …” It says “every man” — who is born again of God’s spirit — can put these tools to work.

The same Lord that made spiritual life available to every man also makes these manifestations of that spiritual life available to every man. If someone tells you otherwise, thank them politely, and then go talk to someone who manifests their life-in-Christ in all the ways described here. (We find many times people are down on things they are not up on.) There are a lot of folks out there who can help you with this, more and more every day. Praise the Lord.

The Lord made us able. He does not withhold from us the tools and ability to do the work He built us to do.

The third verse of our song mentions fruit. Life, power — then fruit. Using these spiritual tools — these manifestations of the spirit — produces fruit of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5 — love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

Fruit of the spirit — all the more reason the Lord wants — and has enabled — people not only to speak in tongues but also employ all the other ways to manifest holy spirit we saw listed in 1 Corinthians 12.

We’ve been given wondrous life and marvelous power that — when exercised — produces beautiful fruit.

When should we move on all of this?

Game on!

This is the day. It’s time.

God bless you lots!
Dale R.

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LYRICS: It’s Time
Song by Dale Reichel (2023)

1. What wondrous life we’ve been given;
The Lord says prove it.
He shows the way to great living.
It’s time we get to it.
The Lord is the author of life – wrote the best way to do it.
This is the day which the Lord has made; it’s time we get to it.

2. What marvelous power we’ve been given;
The Lord says prove it.
He gives divine power for living.
It’s time we get to it.
The Lord is the author of life – wrote the best way to do it.
This is the day which the Lord has made; it’s time we get to it.

3. What fruit can grow when we are giving;
The Lord says prove it.
Love can light up lives we are living.
It’s time we get to it.
The Lord is the author of life – wrote the best way to do it.
This is the day which the Lord has made; it’s time we get to it.

It’s Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Each day may we add to our life-in-Christ story.
This is the day which the Lord has made; it’s time we get to it.
This is the day; it’s time.

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6 Replies to “It’s Time”

  1. Hannah

    I love the tune! Easy on the ears, punchy licks, and of course wonderful thoughts. I could put this one on repeat and just keep going… =D

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Hannah, thank you for your hearty approbation! I could put your comment on repeat and just keep going … =D LOVINGS -D

  2. Julia Witchard

    Good evening mr dale, what an amazing song it tells all, all we need to do to show OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JESUS, THAT HE DID NOT DIE IN VAIN, That we will continue to do what. HE CREATED US TO DO, AS HE DID, LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY, The kind of love that will never fail, u are so right mr dale it’s all before us, u are singing it to us ,it’s all in your song, OUR FATHER JESUS SAT AN EXAMPLE FOR US TO FOLLOW, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, LOVE 💘 AS I HAVE LOVED U, OUR FATHER JESUS GAVE US EVERYTHING We need to finish the work that “HE” sat before us. “HEAR WHAT THE SONG SAYS”⁸, … thanks mr dale for doing what OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JESUS HAS SAT BEFORE U, And thanks for sharing your awesome songs and sermons, “FOLLOW THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT, “…That’s an amazing start, ..”INDEED FOLLOWING THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT, Will lead us to. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JESUS,,, BLESSINGS. To the both of u, and keep following the fruits of the spirit,,, and sharing them with whomsoever will hear…or read your sermons…”Feels good to be used by OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JESUS….Right mr dale? Be blessed, be very blessed..

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Julia, I love your comment “Jesus did not die in vain.” Hard words to even think, but you hit an important point that if his death and resurrection did not make a difference to us, then what does that say about our thinking?!? Time to change our thinking, like Romans 12 calls for. When God raised Jesus Christ from the dead it made a HUGE difference. Life, power and fruit — available for everyone who will receive and act on that huge difference. As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts. God bless you lots — Dale R.

  3. Sarah Durm

    Lovely! It makes sense that we should refer to the author of life to figure out how best to live. Wish more people would! I needed the reminder to “prove” what I already know too. Wisdom and virtue are certainly different things. (I’ve heard wisdom is knowing what to do, but virtue is actually doing it.) Love that line about adding to our “life-in-Christ story.” Catchy too. Bravo!

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Sarah, thanks for your kind words and astute observations. So thankful you are on this song journey with me. Lovings! -D


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