Trevin Wax explains the importance for the Christian leader of knowing ‘what time it is’. It is one thing to focus on ‘timeless principles’, but another to lead in the context of:-
Biblical time. Scripture has a clear timeline, reaching back to creation and stretching forward to the new creation. We need to know where we are in the grand sweep of God’s purposes, and to understand what it means to live in the overlapping time of ‘now’ and ‘not yet’.
Personal time. We also need to understand where our own personal stories fit into the ‘grand narrative’. This will impact on our personal circumstances, gifting, and calling.
Organisational time. We need to understand the people we are leading, and the organisation to which we and they belong – its history, development, current state, and vision for the future.
Cultural time. We live in a given cultural ‘moment’, and we need to have insight into how that moment was reached, and where the culture is headed. The ability to contextualise our message, and to challenge, where necessary, the cultural norms, is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission.