Redeem the Time!
Redeem the Time!
By Bishop Charles Agyinasare
Ephesian 5:15-16 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
There are 24 hours in a day, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds and every one of them is a precious gift from God. From today’s reading we are admonished to redeem the time. To redeem something means to regain possession of it. Time is a gift from God and only God knows how much time each of us has on this earth to make decisions that will impact eternity. That is why the Psalmist said in Psalms 90:12 that teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Precious one, “redeeming the time,” is a caution by God for us to live in constant cognizance of that ticking clock and to make the most of the time we have. The context of the caution to redeem the time reminds us that our Savior Jesus Christ will soon come. With the return of our soon coming King in mind what we need to do like Jesus taught His disciples, is to work the works of Him who sent us while it is day for night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4).
Look at how diligent Jesus was about keeping to His mission. In spite of the prevailing distractions, He let none of them deter Him from His assignment. How are you being distracted today? Jesus spent only 33 years on this earth, yet He made tremendous impact which clearly lingers on today because He redeemed the time.
Now here are 3 ways by which we can redeem the time:
1. Be conscious of the fact that we may not have another day.
We should live like we people who can die anytime and so pursue all God has given us to do while we have time.
2. Ask God to help us.
We should start every morning by committing our day to the Lord and asking Him to help us do something that day that has eternal significance. Like Jonathan Edwards once prayed, “O Lord Stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” Just like Mr. Edwards, let’s ask God to help us have eternity in mind daily.
3. Find ways to populate God’s Kingdom daily
At a restaurant, we can leave an extra tip along with a gospel tract or a card inviting the waiter to church. Better yet don’t sit quiet on the bus you can share the gospel with that person next to you.
Precious one James 4:14 reminds us that our earthly lives are no more than a fog that appears and then quickly evaporates. What are you using your time here on earth for?
Heavenly Father, teach me to number my days and make most use of it in Jesus’ name.