Redeeming the Time

I heard a story of a man here who was married and had 4 children. The man had a good job and was able to support his family, but over time he became bored with his existence and took to drink to please himself. His wife was ever faithful and attentive and the man’s children adored him. Each night the wife would prepare supper and have the children wait patiently for their father to return home before beginning the meal. And each night the man would arrive several hours late in a drunken and rude state. Every morning the man would wake up and reflect on his bad behavior and resolve to quit drinking and be a better husband and father but as the day passed by he would succumb to monotony and his urges and as soon as his work was finished for the day he would head straight for a local pub in the village. This pattern continued on for several yrs. The wife and children continuing to wait for the man’s presence in the home and the man continuing to frustrated their hope. Finally one day the man resolved beyond his usual will power to change his evil ways. He left work early and went to buy flowers for his wife and candy for his children. He was excited as he walked towards the door of his house, but as he entered it he was shocked to find the house totally empty and his wife and children were gone. I was told the man was never able to find his family again. The man’s reforms had come too late, time had run out on him. He turned back to drink which led to the loss of his job and shortly after that event he died.

Ephesians 5:16 tells us to redeem the time, because the days are evil. We find the word redeem throughout scripture. It’s used in many contexts, but most commonly to refer to The Lord redeeming his people. We’ve received redemption; redemption from sin….redemption from the very nature we were born into. Today, the word redemption is more commonly used to describe a person’s triumph in a circumstance they had previously failed in. But the word has a deeper meaning in the context of Ephesians 5:16. It’s talking about restoring something to it’s purpose. In this case that something is our time. Time is a resource that can’t be replaced. No one has drilled beneath the earth’s surface and found reservoirs of time. Each and every moment we have comes and departs often without us even pausing to reflect on it’s passing. If the bible tells us to redeem the time to it’s purpose, what happens to all of the time that is unredeemed? Romans 8:20 says that all creation has been subjected to futility through the fall of man. Something that is futile is something that can’t be accomplished. It’s impossible to do. So creation under the fall has no ability to accomplish or fulfill the purpose for which it was created. But we who have been redeemed are no longer subject to the futility of our former thinking. We have the ability to fulfill a purpose. So I ask, are you redeeming the time? As the body of Christ, do you see us working together redeeming the time? Ask yourself some easy questions. When I come home from work, how many hrs do I spend on tv/movies/internet/social media? Now, how many hrs do I spend reading my bible/praying/listening to or reading sermons of bible teaching? When I go back to work the next day, what is the meditation of my heart? Is it on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8. Or is it on the different shows I watch each night of the week? Or what everyone was commenting about on social media last night? The bible says that where our treasure is there will our hearts be also. We think about the things that we treasure. What things are running through your mind most days? How much this week have you thought about fulfilling the purpose of the time that you’ve been given? You know the very nice things about moments is that they just keep coming. Even if you swing and miss at one opportunity there is another pitch that’s already on it’s way. Every moment can be redeemed….or it can be wasted. Every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess Jesus as Lord. What will you say to Him about redeeming the time?

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