“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Time is so important the Bible commands us to “redeem the time.” Twice we are told to redeem the time: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5).
What is time? It is a divine gift, someone has said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present!” Time is among many things a gift. Each day that we live is a gift. Since we began and close each day with no promise of another, each day we are given is a gift. Time is something that is given to us by God. We work hard to expand and extend our time, but ultimately the number of our days is determined by God. Therefore, each day and every day is a gift from God.
Time is a daily grant, with the gift of time comes responsibility. Each day has been given to us by God as a grant or trust. As the receivers of time, we are stewards of God’s gift.
If there is one thing that is characteristic of time it is its speed. The seconds fly by so fast. The minutes continue without interruption. Life is like a fleeting shadow. Time is a precious matter and a passing matter, the moment a man is born, he begins to die. Death could come at any mo- ment by disease, disaster, or decay. Man is not here to stay, but he is here to die.
When the Bible tells us to redeem the time it is calling for a proper management of our time. The word “redeem” means “to buy up.” We would say, “To make the most of our time.” We are to taking advantage of every opportunity. To redeem the time that is divinely and daily given to us is to manage time so that it is personally and eternally profitable.
When the Bible calls for us to redeem the time, it is calling for us to get our priorities right. To redeem the time priorities must be settled and opportunities must be seized. An anonymous writer has said, “One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.”
Men can mark time, waste time, and kill time. Only a Christian who walks in wisdom can redeem time.
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