Redeeming the Time

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See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Life seems to be measured by time. There was a published study about time which said that approximately six months of our lives are wasted sitting still while waiting at stoplights, and eight months are wasted opening junk mail. One year is lost because of searching for lost keys and misplaced glasses. But the most astonishing finding is that approximately five years of our brief lives will be lost while we are standing in some sort of waiting line. Five years—do we have that much time to lose? That’s why it is so important for us to redeem our time. The Bible says that we need to be wise and redeem the time because the days are evil. We need to rescue from loss the time that remains in our lives. We can only redeem the time today and plan to redeem it tomorrow, but yesterday’s time is gone! We alone are responsible for using our time wisely towards what God has given to each of us to do the works of God. We are living in the last days, a time when building holy, righteous character is becoming more difficult. It’s easy for the enemy, our flesh, and the world to cause us to lose focus on God’s way of life. Evil is ever-present. This same study of time also indicated that if we want to read our Bible completely, it would take about seventy-one hours to read the Bible all the way through from cover to cover. That means that if we read the Bible just twelve minutes a day, we would be able to go through the entire book in one year. Can we give God twelve minutes a day? We waste more time than that standing in line for coffee. Time is too precious. It’s time to seek the Lord and walk down the path that He has chosen for us.