Redeeming The Time
Hello my friends. Today I would like to talk to you about redeeming the time. We all received a gift when the clock struck midnight last night. It was the gift of a brand new day. Today is unique. It is not exactly like any other day that has ever been. It is the 20th day of May 2019. This day has never come before nor will it ever come again. It is the gift of 24 hours, or 1440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. It is a very precious gift. When it's gone you will never get it back. Oh yes, chances are very good that you will see another day, but not this one.
One portion of scripture that has always spoken powerfully to my heart is Ephesians 5:15-17 (KJV) which says, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." The first thing that we are admonished by the Lord to do is to walk circumspectly. What does this mean? It is a call to walk carefully, accurately, diligently, and perfectly. In other words, we are to walk exactly as we ought to walk. We are not to carry on as fools. We are to conduct ourselves in a way that is wise. The foolish thing to do is to waste this precious gift that you have been given. The wise thing to do is to make the very best possible use of it.
And this is exactly what God commands us to do in verse 16. He says that we are to redeem the time. What does this mean? The word "redeem" means to "buy up," to "rescue from loss." In other words, we are not to let it get away from us. We are not to let it go to waste. Why? Because time is so valuable, so precious, so irreplaceable.
I am convinced that God gave us this precious gift with the desire that we would do something of eternal significance with it. The best use of our time is to use it in such a way that it has eternal impact. In a way that changes someone's destiny. In a way that pleases God. During the course of each day there will no doubt be a portion used for rest. And a portion used to engage in work that will provide for ourselves and our families. And a portion spent on nourishing our bodies with food and drink. But there should also be a portion used for expanding the Kingdom of God, for doing the will of God, and for sitting at his feet to worship him and to receive instruction from him. Have you been redeeming the time or wasting time? The good news is that it is not too late to start doing the wise thing, which is to redeem the time.