Monday, January 26, 2009
Spending Time Wisely
Ephesians 5:15,16 "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." What is the meaning of "Redeeming the time"? It cannot mean trying to recall the past. It does not mean dreaming about the future. Tomorrow is the day that never comes. Only today counts. Redeeming the time means to utilize the present. Redeem means to purchase, to keep from being lost or wasted. The word circumspectly means accurately, carefully, well. The wise person looks with care at all circumstances and opportunities and thus redeems the time. Look at four ways in which people are to redeem the time. First by trusting Christ as Savior while they have the opportunity. While God's mercy is yet extended to them. While Christ still offers grace and eternal life. while the gospel is still being preached. While the Holy Spirit is still pleading. While Christians may still pray and help. While God's promises are still open. Second by serving the Lord while you have the strength and vigor of youth. To detour Young people, Satan says: "Not now but later." "There's plenty of time. Have some time for yourself first." The evil one says "It's a hard path, not for young people." Instead of listening to Satan, obey God and redeem the time while your body is still strong. While your mind is still sharp. While you still possess inward energy and drive. Time passes quickly. If you are going to serve God later, you must begin now. Third, by leading your children to Christ and guiding them in the will of God. This is the responsibility of parents. Reach them while they are young and tender. Don't allow yourself to become too busy. Teach them while they are under your roof; pray with them while time is still on your side. Fourth, by getting the gospel to the unevangelized lands. This is God's time for world evangelization (see Acts 1:6-8). God is visiting the nations and taking out of them a people for His name. This is the age of grace for all of mankind. The doors to many countries are still open. The hearts of the people of the world are open as never before. This is a strategic hour, especiallly for Christians in North America. Each of us must ask will I act like a fool and waste time on worthless things, or will I be wise and redeem the time? Dr. Ken Copley is available for counseling, conferences, and local church meetings.