Redeem your time
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15 & 16
For years I had heard that God would redeem time as we give it to Him, but only recently, did I actually look these passages up for myself to see what they were all about. The two verses I found on redeeming time were Colossians 4:5 that says (you) walk in wisdom, redeeming the time. The second was today’s verse in Ephesians 5:15. Both of these scriptures place the responsibility of redeeming (means to recover or buy back) my time in my own hands.
I do find this encouraging however, because having been a person who wasted a lot of time in my life, I now have the opportunity to redeem it by walking in God’s wisdom. I believe that time is one of our most valuable assets we possess. It is priceless. We cannot buy or make more, and our only guarantee is what we have right now. However, God has given us some hints on how to live our life to the fullest, even if we have wasted much time in the past. He shows us one of the ways right here in Ephesians; It says to walk circumspectly (watchful and discreet) and don’t be foolish but walk in the wisdom of God. This scripture ends with “because the days are evil”.
We are living in dark days for sure. Yet it is still within your power to live them to the fullest. By committing each day to live for your Heavenly Father, you are taking your first step to making the most of your time here in this world. Be watchful of all your thoughts, attitudes and words and commit to only thinking and speaking what pleases Him. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” According to this verse it is our thoughts and attitudes that come out of our mouth that will determine how we live out each day!
Today I want to encourage you to redeem your time by walking and speaking the wisdom of God. Also, search out God’s Word for all the direction He has given to live out the purpose He has for you. Pray these scriptures over yourself and your family. Then be thankful for all God is leading you too. Make all your days here on earth count for eternity. The days that have already been lost to foolishness, buy them back by walking out the rest of them in discretion and pureness, not foolishly, but in the wisdom of God. Redeeming the time because we live in evil days.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 5:14-21