What Does “Kairos” Mean?
Way back when, the Ancient Greeks had two ways of describing time: Chronos and Kairos.
Chronos is where we get the word “Chronological” and it refers to sequential time. It’s a quantitative measure of time or “clock time” — it can be measured in seconds, hours, months, years, etc.
Kairos on the other hand isn’t quantitative, it’s qualitative. Kairos measures moments not minutes. And not just any old moment — Kairos refers to an opportune time or moment. It’s one you don’t want to miss or forget (which is a big reason why the Kairos Journal was created).
When we experience this with God we have a “kairos moment” in which God makes it possible for something of lasting importance or significance to happen. It’s a breakthrough with the divine. A moment when there is no time attached and it can’t be measured.
Our time with God doesn’t end when we finish our morning devotional and it isn’t attached to some fixed, timeframe that only occurs when we’re at church or on our faces praying. Rather, God is always speaking. He wants to live in constant communication with us. He wants to breakthrough to our hearts and have “kairos moments.”
The question then goes from if to how. How do we hear him? How do we cut through the noise of the world and spend more time in His glorious presence?
How do we become better listeners so that we can recognize the voice of the one who created us?
It starts by understanding that we are not only obsessed but addicted to one of the biggest adversaries to hearing his voice: Our cell phones.
Does reading the bible on your phone hinder your ability to draw closer to God?
It’s a well known fact that many of us are addicted to the cellular device in our pockets. In a handful of ways they function as our very own personal assistant (we’re looking at you, Siri) — doing everything from ordering car service to groceries to last minute birthday gifts.
But is there a point at which we’re on our phones too much?
After reviewing combined research from Nielsen, Pew Research Center, comScore, SmartInsights, and other organizations, Inc.com shared that the average person spends over four hours a day on their device.
Another study showed that nearly half of the time spent on our devices is spent on social media. Wow.
This is a lot of time spent staring into a device — a lot of time spent liking, commenting and getting lost into a screen. Merriam-Webster reminds us that spend means ‘to use up or pay out.’ So if we’re awake for sixteen of the twenty-four hours each day brings, we’re paying out 20% of our time to the phone in our hand. Yikes!
What does it look like for those of us who would attribute part of their phone time to reading devotionals online? What about the fact that we have access to the 1,200+ pages of the bible in the palm of our hand? There has to be some leniency here with the “what” in regards to content consumption.
A recent study in the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture found that while men are more likely to read the bible consistently on a device, they are less likely to retain what they’ve read. Digital apps engage men more but may not provide deeper understanding.
Women on the other hand were pretty equal when it came to the medium in which they read the bible and their ability to retain what they read.
However, a study shared by Christianity Today, compared the differences in studying the bible both through print and digital medium and found some interesting results.
The study asked participants to read the book of Jude in print or digitally to answer some questions. The researcher, John Dyer, then asked them to participate in a 10-day reading plan of the book of John using the same medium they had used in the church class.
At the end of the study, “Digital users were nearly twice as likely to report feeling ‘confused,’ with many indicating that they would like to ‘read it again’ or ‘study Jude more,’” he reported.
One female participant said that she was less engaged when reading on her phone because it felt a little more like skimming an email to get it done rather than really studying God’s word.
Regardless of how you read the bible one thing is clear: Using a device may be more convenient but it brings with it more distractions.
So this begs the question: in an age in time where distractions seem to be never ending, how can we spend quality time with the one who created us? How can we be intentional about being with God every day?
How do we live in more Kairos moments with God?
The four “P’s” of being present
1 Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
Pray before you enter into your time with God. Remember who He is. Thank him for what he’s done. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into your time before the Lord.
2. Put your phone away
1 Corinthians 7:35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.
Put your phone down and out of sight. Leaving your phone within reach can be a distraction in itself. If you use an app for a devotional, put your phone on airplane mode while you read and once you’re done reading, use your physical bible to go through the verses.
3. Pick a place
Mark 1:35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
If anyone gives a good example of finding a place to be with the Lord it’s Jesus. He often sought solitary, isolated places to pray. For us it could be a couch, table, rocking chair or bench outside. Whatever and wherever works for you, go for it! Just be intentional about picking a place to commune with God.
1 Peter 1:13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
Bring a pen, paper and bible. Be prepared before you go into your time with God. This act, though subtle, reveals something about our hearts: We expect to hear from God.
With the above in mind, is it possible to say ‘NO’ to the busyness and say ‘YES’ to building a habit of meeting with God?
Not only is it possible it’s less complicated than you think.
Introducing the Kairos Journal
The Kairos Journal was created to help you recognize and live in more Kairos moments with God.
The 3-month journal was designed to ease you in with daily verses and simple prompts you can use to start your day off strong — and continue it the same way by helping you document your walk with God, look for recurring themes in what He says to you, and reflect on the dialogue over time.
Nurturing your relationship with God starts with a daily habit — and Kairos was created to help you build that habit.
Kairos Journal Features:
- Daily Systems: Give your heart and mind a fresh start using a unique, easy-to-follow process
- Weekly Recaps: Reflect & remember collective “kairos moments” and learn to hear his voice clearer
- Biblical Affirmations: Having a Godly attitude is the key to making every day count!
- Verse Index: Quickly find a verse relative to however you’re feeling — and don’t get lost looking for it.
- Inspirational Quotes: Learn from top Christian Leaders.
- And much, much more!
Don’t continue to allow the rushing current of distractions to flood your mind and steal the peace God promises. Remember the four P’s of being present, ask yourself (or someone close to you) if you spend your time wisely and grab a Kairos Journal if you’re ready to take action on having a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Intimacy with God starts with intentionality by you.