by Barbara Latta
Time is a commodity we aren’t aware of as seconds tick by while we go about our business
|Redeeming the time because the days|
Time can’t be placed in a piggy bank and saved like money. Hours can’t be earned like our salary. Minutes are not retrievable like lost coins. Time passes and disappears. Is it possible to redeem time?
During my last flight experience, I waded through security, lugged bags up escalators, waited in the terminal through flight delays and listened to the non-stop chatter of the canned announcements telling me not to accept bags from anyone else. When I plopped down in my assigned seat, I was ready to sit on the flight and relax with my good Christian book while my selfishness was hoping no one would bother me.
How like God to show me how I was closing myself off to other people by seating me next to
a woman who wanted to talk nonstop. I tried
to listen to her without an annoying sigh escaping from my lips. Finally, the
Lord got the message through to me and I closed the book. As my seat mate saw
what I was reading, we struck up a conversation about spiritual matters and I
gave her my book as we left the plane.
|What can I do with today?|
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16 NKJV).
My time that day was not my own. God assigned my seat next to this woman so I could learn to listen and so she could hear His message through the book I was reading.
Each moment and each day is a gift. What we do with it determines our future and can ultimately affect the future of someone else.
What does God mean when He says to redeem the time?
I don’t think God is expecting us to constantly be preaching a sermon to someone. Yes, there are times we need to speak God’s Word to individuals, but the way we live our lives speaks volumes also. He wants us to use every opportunity to reflect His glory to a world full of pain, chaos, evil and selfishness.
When God’s character comes out of us in our response to situations we are redeeming that time in a way that shows Christ to a hurting world.
Some of the ways we can do this are when we exhibit godly character traits such as:
- Honesty – Telling the truth has become an anomaly; no one expects it anymore and when we do speak honestly, we stand out like a beacon; returning change to a cashier who counted the money incorrectly is a welcome surprise to that employee.
- Diligence – When we go the extra mile at our jobs and do something not expected of us or when we exert 100% of our efforts instead of simply getting by until we get paid, our actions speak louder than words to our employer.
- Purity – Taking a stand against immorality in a world polluted by vulgar language, pornography, abortion and human trafficking are actions that defend the abuse of others.
- Integrity – Doing the right thing even when it may cost us something exhibits the selflessness of Christ’s love.
- Defending God’s name – In a world full of blasphemy and promotion of political correctness, standing for God is not popular.
The worldly society is not accustomed to people responding to situations in ways that put other people first.
|When we glorify the Lord, we are shining a light during|
the days that are evil.
The earth has turned, the sun has set and risen again for another day. Rather than saying, “What did I do with yesterday?”, we can look at the sunrise and declare, “What will I do with today?” Yesterday is gone and we don’t need to beat ourselves up if we didn’t use the day wisely.
God has given me many opportunities to redeem time that I have let slip through my days. But thankfully, I am learning to listen and I finally yielded to God’s whisper while on that plane and put my agenda on hold while I let my time become someone else’s.
When we leave this temporary home, we are released from the bondage of time; but until then we have a calling to fulfill while we are still breathing in our bodies.
We do need to redeem our time, because the days are evil. We are God’s mouthpiece and He uses us. If we treasure each moment as a gift of life, we are redeeming the time our Father has given us. When we glorify the Lord, we are shining a light during the days that are evil.
What are some other godly character traits you can think of that show how we can redeem the time God has given us?