This is part 2 of the Redeeming The Time series. Click here to access part 1. 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.”
Love has correctly been identified as a foundational necessity of life. The reality is that we all desire to know that our life holds value and that we are important to somebody. However, in our culture, love has been reduced to only that of an emotional experience or attachment. But love is so much more than that. Throughout the Scriptures we find that true love is active. The greatest example of this is Jesus Christ Himself.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave…”
It was Jesus Himself Who said, in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Let me assure you today, whoever you are, God loves you, and His love for you became an action. You see, because He loves you, He sent His only Begotten Son to die on the cross of Calvary to pay the debt that you owe due to your sins. And today, through faith and by grace you can enjoy a personal relationship with Him. And that brings us to our thought today.
We’re focusing on the first few words found in verse 15 where the Bible says, “See then that ye walk…” The word resolve means “to come to a definite or an earnest decision about.” It’s the idea that because of what I know about something or someone, this is what I am going to do. Our belief impacts our behavior. Love becomes an action.
The relationship that we have with Christ is not meant to be one-sided. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” As God’s love for us became an action, so must our love for Him become an action. In other words, we have an active role to play in our relationship with God. We have expressed in the Word of God His desire and His expectations of our life and we have been given the responsibility, through the help of the Holy Spirit, to implement those Biblical principles in our daily life.
The sad reality is that with the normal demands and difficulties of life we have a tendency to neglect that responsibility. Instead of prioritizing our spiritual growth, we spend most of our time pursuing worldly pleasures and success. Someone has correctly encouraged us to “remember that life is too short for us to do everything we want to do, but it is long enough for us to do everything God wants us to do.”
Our walk with God demands our time and an intentional effort. Instead of complaining that we don’t have enough time, we need to understand that the time we have has been given to us by God and then we must make the choice to take advantage of the time that we now have, discover Who God is and what He desires, and then resolve to modify our life accordingly. Because once we stand before God to give an account of our life all that’s going to matter is how much of Him our life resembled and how much of our God-given responsibility we fulfilled.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of A.W. Tozer who wrote, “A thousand distractions would woo us away from thoughts of God, but if we are wise we will sternly put them from us and make room for the King and take time to entertain Him. Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it. God will respond to our efforts to know Him. The Bible tells us how; it is altogether a matter of how much determination we bring to the holy task.”
Today, I simply want to encourage you to make up your mind that you are going to use the time that you have been given as an opportunity to look more like Jesus as you choose intentionally to walk with Him.