Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:16, 17 (NKJV)
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2 Kings 14-16
Ephesians 5:16–17 (NIV) — making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Ephesians 5:16–17 (NLT) — Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Ephesians 5:16–17 (MSG) — Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
The topic for this morning, “Redeeming The Time” is of great importance for our lives. Only those who develop a good stewardship of their time will firmly establish themselves in there Christian life. Through their discipline and focus they will reach maturity in the ways of The Lord. They are those who recognize, that time management is very important. If we do not administer it properly, the days will come and go without us really taking advantage of them. Many people today waste their time, and as a result their life slips away without reaching spiritual maturity in Christ
On occasions those who do not manage their time well, spend days doing things that in the end will not give the results of a fruitful and growing life. We must remember what Psalms 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom”. Time is a God given gift, and it is regularly wasted or lost when it is not used according to God’s will. If we have lost our time till now, it’s time to double up our diligence to see what God has for our future.
Ask, am I being diligent with my time today?, am I taking full advantage of the opportunity that God is giving me this morning? Today is a new day, one more day of life, and take advantage to the max! Use your time wisely, so that you may mature more in the spiritual things. Remember that all men were created equal when it comes to time. No one really has more or less time. The differences come out in how we use the time, not in how much time we have. The truth is that we lose too much time. How is time lost? Firstly, we lose minutes before hours, days, before losing weeks. It’s summarized by an unproductiveness of time. The majority of us lose dozens of hours a week due to time leaks.
Make up your mind today to be able to establish priorities in your life. This is the first step to redeem the time God has given you. Place your relationship with God as priority. If you do, God will help you manage the rest of your time every day. Set aside some time for reading the Bible, to pray, to attend church. One thing I’ve learned is that, “there’s always time to do God’s will”. Let us pray that this year we may place our agenda in God’s hands. God wants our lives to count for something!
Colossians 4:5 (NKJV) — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Psalms 90:12 (NKJV) — So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 89:47 (NKJV) — Remember how short my time is; For what futility have You created all the children of men?
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV) — Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
Romans 13:11 (NKJV) — 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.