Redeeming the time
Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
How can we “redeem the time”?
“Redeeming” here, means “to rescue from loss, to improve opportunities”.
Here in Ephesians,….
…(in a book written to explain the privileges we have in Christ…”who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”)
……we have a warning.
We are not to let time slip through our fingers….
….we are, in fact, to rescue each day from the loss of natural pursuits….to the gain of spiritual walking in the Spirit.
Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
We each have so much time….
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
This is not asking for the certain number we are going to live…..
……but rather for an understanding that we are created for a purpose.
We all have a “reason” God created us….therefore let us get His wisdom (guidance) to fulfill it.
The Holy Spirit is given us to be our Comforter….Paraclete, or Someone who comes beside to help.
But He comes with grace: the unmerited favor of power….grace which gives us ability, and knowledge, and strength.
Grace He gives us, to use our time wisely.
The saying, “we are in the world, but not of it”….should hold true.
We are not to share in its interests or opinions,….but rather let the Word of God mold us into HIs servants….faithful to Him.
Romans 13:11-13 “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light,
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”
Here is a picture of a Christian, who having heard the alarm clock of God to wake up….does so.
(How many times has God tried to awaken us! To get us to see the importance of our time. Maybe we think we are of little importance….but God does not think so.
If we gave one person the Word of God….only one person saw the Light and came to Christ….
…now think if that one person was your child, your spouse, your best friend….your neighbor.)
Well, this Christian jumps up out of the chair he fell asleep in….and sees that the light is shining….
…he is late! He best be going! For he is not sure for how long the light will continue to shine….there might be clouds rolling in.
But before he goes, he realizes that he is still wearing yesterday’s clothes….still wearing the muddy shoes from yesterday….
….he needs to change….clean himself up….and prepare himself for the day ahead….
Once he is cleaned up…..he realizes that he is going to do God’s business…..not his, so he better find out how the Lord wants him to dress.
(What is the “armor of light”?
1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”
Our armor is the graces we have acquired under the training of the Holy Spirit.
We are given faith at new birth….but it is a covering for our heart and will….only as we use it to keep close to the Lord….in love to Him.
The Holy Spirit gives us hope (the confident expectation that God will do what He said)….to cover our reasons and thoughts….to keep us thinking….not with the world….but with the Word of God.
Faith, Love, Hope……These are enlightening….Light which shines and illuminates the dark places we must travel in this world.)
Once dressed, the Christian prepares to walk, and work…..in honesty. Determining to do….only what is fit to be seen in the light of day….
…in other words….dress in the character of Christ.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”
And….he begins to redeem his time….this day….
Ephesians 5:14 “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
Are you awake? Or still half-asleep?
Are you prepared with the armor of light? Or still wearing the “clothes” of yesterday?
The days are certainly “evil”….full of hurtful influence to us, who want the Lord’s Will.
Let us awake….open our eyes to Christ and prepare ourselves…by putting on Christ….
…and let us redeem the time the Lord has given us.