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Redeeming The Time - Opportunity For A New Beginning
It's Not Too Late!
Each day consists of twenty-four hours. No more can be added and none taken away. What we do with our time makes a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others.
In the Holy Bible, Paul is speaking to the christians in the city of Ephesus in Ephesians 5, verses 15-17, which reads, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
The Greek word for "redeem" in the above text means to rescue from loss. The primary root of the word in the above text means wasting away or being devoured.
It's not too late to take back what you lost. Tomorrow is an opportunity for a new beginning. By making a decision to not be lazy; to put away immorality; to study God's Word and live by it; to spend more time in prayer, you are stopping the waste and the useless expenditure of time.
As we reflect back on another year's passing, we need to ask ourselves if we've made good use of our time. Did we accomplish anything good for mankind? Did we make a difference in anyone's life? Did we even try?
There's a new year coming, a new day dawning. If we flubbed up our past, God gives us the opportunity to start fresh. I think Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible says it best, ""Redeeming the time - Buying up those moments which others seem to throw away; steadily improving every present moment, that ye may, in some measure, regain the time ye have lost."
It's important to understand that we cannot rescue the time unless we understand what the will of the Lord is as is written in the latter part of verse 17 of Ephesians, Chapter 5. We can know the will of the Lord by studying his Word, otherwise we are not wise and will squander away the time again.
The purpose for redeeming the time is also stated in verse 16 of Ephesians, Chapter 5, "because the days are evil." By using our time wisely, we keep evil at bay and take no part in it.
We are also told in Ephesians 6:13 how to "stand our ground." "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
Though Paul is speaking to christians who run the risk of spending their time unwisely, it is good to know that a person who does not walk with Christ can still salvage the time.
It's never too late to accept Jesus as your personal savior and enjoy a new beginning. If you're reading this, there's still time. Redeem it!