“The time (kairos) has come,” Jesus said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
Jesus starts his ministry with a clear articulation of how spiritual growth happens. First he invites us to recognize the kairos moment. The other Greek word for time, chronos, means the measurable ticking of elapsed time; the Greek word for time Jesus uses in Mark 1:15 is kairos, which means the kind of time that is pregnant with meaning and that gives purpose to life. Jesus wants us to see life through the lens of kairos - that each day is an opportunity to perceive God at work and to join him in the renewal of this world.
Notice the invitation to step into kairos: to repent and believe. Repenting essentially means to change your perspective - to reflect on a circumstance and to start to see it God's way instead of your way. 'Believe' in the Gospel of Mark is ALWAYS an active verb, meaning to step into following Jesus with your mind, heart, soul, and body.
City Church uses the Learning Circle (below) to represent this process of recognizing the kairos moments in our lives and then growing through them by reflecting on what God is saying and responding to him. Is there a kairos moment in your life from the past week you could take around the Learning Circle in order to move forward in your spiritual life?