Thursday, April 16, 2020

Redeeming The Time

"See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV) 

Many people say if they just had more time, they would do this or that.  On the other hand, some people talk about how they are just “passing the time” or “killing time” in the sense of not really doing anything.  But we all know that time is something that you only have at one moment, time comes and then time passes.  No one has invented a time machine to go back in time to relive some event or do something differently than they did previously.  Therefore, it would be a good idea for all of us to make the best use of our time.

In Ephesians 5:15-16, we have some words of wisdom that everyone can use; we don’t want to be foolish, but instead, we should redeem the time.  We are told to “walk circumspectly”.  What doe­s that mean?  This is saying that we need to walk, to live, carefully.  If we are careful, and we are wise, then we are not careless.  Being careless can mean being reckless and not really paying attention.  The word “redeeming” in verse 16 means to “buy up, to ransom, to rescue from a loss”.  We want to make the best use of our time, all the time, and not waste our time; we don’t want to act unwisely and let our time slip away from us in unproductive activities.

No one wants to find out that they wasted their time and did something that was unprofitable and useless.  How can we be wise and make the best use of our time?  One simple way is by making priorities, seeing what is really important and what is not.  This is something we can do with just a little thought, and if we ask God to help us, He will certainly guide us in this area.  Making the best use of our time is not just a good idea, but it will help us live a happier and more productive life.  By making the best use of our time, by redeeming the time, we will be able to get more done in our life and we will also be more effective and fruitful in the Kingdom of God.

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