Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 7, 2010
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:15-17, NKJV
What does it mean to redeem the time? It is an attitude that values every minute as a gift from God to be stewarded well. Redeeming the time exchanges distrust for trust in the Lord, because He has given His children more than enough time to transact His will. It is tapping into the Lord’s reservoir of wisdom and understanding in how His ways work.
For example, I can remain in a job beyond my time of full usefulness. Good things are still happening, the mission is being accomplished, but I am just biding my time. Is this the best use of God’s time and resources? Maybe its the season to transition into a situation that is a better use of everyone’s time, money and attention. Am I investing my time well?
Without being watchful in how we prioritize our time, we drift into unwise living and miss living out the perfect will of God. It’s easier to execute the expedient, rather than the eternal. What does Jesus think about how you spend your time? Does it fulfill His will for you? If no, then reconsider how to better honor Christ in your career and in your choices.
What open door is before you that invites your entrance? What opportunities has the Lord given you that are waiting for your attention? By faith walk through the open door and prayerfully plan a process to better manage your Master’s opportunities. Fools complain and remain frustrated, while the wise rise to the occasion with fresh faith and fulfilling work. When you use your gifts for God the time will fly by in fruitful living for Him.
Time is short, as we are only alive a short time. We make the most of our time when we are mindful and intentional with those outside faith in Jesus Christ. Evil days engulf our life in non-eternal outcomes. So, take the time to influence the lost with the message of God’s redeeming love. Time is earthbound until you have a heavenly transaction of faith in Jesus. Indeed, those redeemed by God have the capacity to wisely redeem the time.
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 3:5-6, NKJV).
Has God through Jesus Christ redeemed me? Am I wisely redeeming the time?
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