12th February 2018

Redeeming The Time 

“…redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16 (NKJV)

“If I only had time, only time, so much to do if I only had time, time like the wind goes a-hurrying by” are words from a song sung in the 1960s by John Rowles.

Twice in the Bible we find the expression, ‘redeeming the time.’ One is quoted above and the other is in Colossians 4:5. To redeem means to purchase or buy back. One of the most valuable gifts to give or receive is someone’s time. How does one purchase, or redeem time? After all, we all have the same amount allotted to us each day—24 hours. I believe that the most valuable motivation for time management is found in the Bible.

First, the believer should realise the value of time. Romans 13:11 warns us, “And do this, knowing the time, that now is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Spiritually speaking, time is fleeting.

Second, recognise the brevity of life in relation to the time that God has allotted to each of us. Job came to this realisation of how swiftly his days were fleeting. He writes in Job 7:6, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle…” While in Psalm 90:10 we are told “The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Third, reach out and take today’s opportunities. John 9:4 says, “I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”

Fourth, A word to the young in using their time wisely from Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’”

Five, refuse extra weight in your life. Hebrews 12:1 reminds us, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

Prayer
Our merciful, loving, heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings that you give us, including the time you have allotted to us during our days on earth, in Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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