Redeeming The Time

There are a number of ways that can describe how an individual lives his or her life.  Some live their life carefree, in pleasure and fun.  Some live their life in pursuit of money and possessions. Some live unproductive lives, trying to avoid responsibility.  Some live their life filled with worry and anxiety about the future.  Some live their life as workaholics – they live to work.  There are many other ways people live their lives.  Have you ever thought how someone might describe your life?  Here is a description of how a Christian should live his or her life:  Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  To walk circumspectly is to live your life carefully, worthily and filled with purpose.  A fool doesn’t consider the consequences of his actions and is unwise in the things he spends his time doing and pursuing.  You are not to be a fool, but wise.

A Christian is to redeem the time because the days are evil.   You are to buy up each opportunity or make the most of the time that you have.  We all have 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and 8760 hours in a year.  Are you making the most of the time that you have?  The days are evil in that there is evilness all around you, tempting you to sin and to follow the ways of the world.  You either spend your time following the sinful ways of the world or in service to God the Father.  Since sin abounds, you should seize upon every opportunity to do good and make the most of your time.  Your life could end soon or Jesus could return and you need to be ready to meet Him.  Matthew 24:43-44 “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Romans 13:11-14 “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”  1 Corinthians 7:29-31 “But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it.  For the form of this world is passing away.”  You have to live your life every day in anticipation and readiness for life as you know it to end.  But after this life, we look forward to eternal life with the Lord Jesus.

The young man Moses had things in perspective.  Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”  Where is your faith?  Are you enjoying the pleasures of sin or looking forward to your reward?

Be ready!

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