Redeem the Time

{Ephesians 5:15-17; ESV}

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Time is one of our most precious resources.

The problem is that we usually don’t see time in that way. Most of us end up living our lives as if we had all the time in the world.

When we pause for a moment and consider our lives, we realize that we have a limited amount of time. We know that our time will one day run out, but we that is a reality we try to ignore. So we go on living life as if we will live forever.

God’s desire is that we make the most of the time that we have. He wants us to use our time to mature in faith, to reach out in love, and to live in truth. Our lives should reflect the type of life that Jesus lived.

Why are we to make the most of the time that we have? We are to make the most of our time because the days are evil.

I know that we don’t recognize that our days are corrupted with evil. We want to believe that our days are good, and every once and a while evil moves in and messes things up.

The truth of the matter is that the days are evil, and every once and a while good breaks through and brightens the day. Living in the United States we are insulated from much of the evil that corrupts the days of many people. We see glimpses of it, but we don’t know the daily struggle many people face just to survive. Nevertheless, we feel that stirring in our hearts that tell us that life is not what God created it to be. Life is not what it should be, because the days are evil.

By making the best use of the time God has given to use, we begin to fight against the evil. We release a few minutes from the bondage that evil has time in, and in the process we make the world a better place.

Freeing time from evil is called redeeming the time. By infusing beauty, love, forgiveness, purpose, and truth into our days we redeem time from the corruption of sin, death, and decay. Evil may have time in bondage, but God has given us the ability to free it and make it holy again.

Wisdom is crucial if we are going to redeem our time. In the Bible wisdom is not just another word for knowledge. Knowledge is important, but you can possess a lot of knowledge and not be wise.

Wisdom is having discernment between right and wrong. Each day we are faced with a hundred little choices, and when we have wisdom we have the ability to know which choice to make.

But wisdom is more than knowing right from wrong. It is also doing what is right. We can know the right thing to do, but stil do what is wrong because of peer pressure, cultural conditioning, or fear. Wisdom helps us navigate through these obstacles so we can do what is right. We need help to overcome the obstacles we face on the road to righteousness.

To have wisdom requires that we know the will of God. The will of God is the truth that we need to inform our sense of right and wrong. We begin to understand God’s will as we study the Bible and open our hearts to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Understanding God’s will is the foundation of wisdom.

Our time on earth is limited, and what we time we do have is corrupted by evil. We have a responsibility to redeem the days of our lives from the corruption of evil that holds them in bondage. (Tweet this) We can only do that if we are living in wisdom.

Don’t let evil consume your days. Fight back, redeem the time God has given you, and let the light of His love, truth, grace shine in through the darkness.

Questions to consider:

  • Do you use your time wisely?
  • Why do you think it is important for us to make the most our of the time God has given to us?
  • How can you start to redeem the time in your life?
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