This is part 1 of the Redeeming The Time series. Click Here to view the Facebook Live video of this thought.
Ephesians 5:15-17 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.”
Time has correctly been identified as life’s most precious resource. Throughout the Scriptures we find that life is a gift from God and its purpose is to bring glory to Him. However, we also find that during this short span of life that we have been given, the quality of our life, the joy that we experience in our life, and the significance of our life is directly related to the choices that we make. We must understand that our choices don’t just impact us today, but their impact will be felt tomorrow and for all of eternity. In addition, they won’t just affect our life, but they will have a profound influence on the lives of those that we care the most about (our family and our friends).
When we understand that our life has value and we acknowledge that our life’s purpose is to glorify God, then certain priorities should be produced in our heart. These priorities must then be allowed to dictate who we become, who we’re involved with, and what we’re engaged in. Essentially, they should affect every area of our life. Our purpose determines our priorities which in turn dictates our daily plan. I believe that’s what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote these words, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
The word redeeming means “to purchase or to buy back.” Here it has the idea of rescuing or recovering something from waste, to improve something for a greater and far more important purpose. In other words, the Apostle Paul is saying that we have been given something that is precious and that has a purpose, and yet, we have made the decision to use it for everything other than for what it was intended. He goes on to identify that precious and purposeful yet wasted gift as time.
The word time here has the idea of a window or a season of opportunity that won’t last forever and that may never come one’s way again. James described it this way in James 4:14 when he wrote these words, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” The Apostle Paul then elevated our responsibility with our life when he wrote these words in Romans 4:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” That means that our time today must be used wisely so that we have something worthy with which to give Him praise tomorrow.
Over the past several days, we have once again been confronted with the uncertainty and even with the brevity of life. For all of us, our schedules have been interrupted and to some degree our responsibilities have shifted. Certain things that once dominated our life have temporarily been put on hold. And, I must admit, I’m not so sure that that’s a bad thing. The simple truth is that in a fairly short period of time, though things may look, feel and even function a little differently, things will return to the way that they were before – busy. Schools will be back in session, work will be back on regular schedule, sports will resume, and churches will be able to meet again. But my question is this, Will we be better as a result of this time that we have been given or will things simply return to how they were before?
This coming Monday through Friday, I want to invite you and your family to join with me as each day we will consider a thought to help us Redeem the time that we have been given and prepare ourselves to “…be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Jonathan Edwards who wrote, “Resolved: Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can. Resolved: to live with all my might while I do live.” He also wrote these words, “Time that is past you can never recall, of time to come, you are not sure at all; only the present is now in your power, therefore, redeem and improve every hour.”
Until next time, good day and God bless.