Redeeming the time

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By Pastor Jeff,

One of our most important assets that once used it can never be replaced is TIME!

We are fascinated with time, just recall some of your favorite movies that deal with time such as “Time Bandits”, “Terminator”, “The Time Machine” and of course the most popular “Back to the Future” and we can easily see time sells. One of the most popular songs about time is “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce.

As Christians we are fascinated by time as well as it is claimed that approximately 1/3rd of our Bible deals with prophecy, some fulfilled, some yet to be fulfilled. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” No doubt the days of Paul the Apostle were evil, but it doesn’t take to long watching the news or reading the paper that you no doubt shake your head in unbelief of how evil our society can be.

The word redeem here means to “buy up, that is, ransom” and we know we cannot buy lost time but if we could we surely would! Benjamin Franklin said this, “Lost time is never found again” William Penn wrote, “Time is what we want most, but what we use the worst.”  Matthew West recently wrote a song called “84,600 Seconds”, which is the amount of seconds in a day, if we take that further we have 2,628,000 in a month and 31, 536,000 in a year. If one would live to 75 years of age you would spend 2,365,200,000 seconds on this earth. Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t.

It was once claimed that it takes 21 days to establish or break a habit; but a recent study by the University College London showed that it takes on average of 66 days to establish a habit. So I was wondering what habit I could take on in this challenge? In the US the average time for us Americans that we spend watching TV is 293 minutes a day, nearly 5 hours, wow! I know there are many other habits that we could use but this one stands out the most to me. The average 5th grader reads about 150 wpm which in 15 minutes you could read 2250 words. So it should only take you  minutes to read this blog. If you read your bible for the 66 days you would of read 148,500 words. The KJV bible contains 774,746 words in it and if you read your bible every day even after the 66 days you could read your bible in about 344 days. It’s been a while since I’ve read the bible cover to cover, even though I study it regular but I proclaim here and now, Challenge accepted!

Colossians 4:5-6, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” This verses take it further for Christians our greatest desire should be to see the lost come to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We should look for every opportunity to share Christ with everyone we meet. whether its the teller at the store, waiter or waitress at a restaurant, co-worker or whomever. 1Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Jesus gave us a great example of this in John chapter 4 in dealing with the Samaritan woman on how He started a conversation and tuned it into a revelation of Who He is! We should likewise with practice be able to turn any conversation to how our Savior loves them. Probably the number one answer you will hear back from others is that they are not religious and my favorite answer is “that’s great neither am I”. Religion is all about our attempt to find God, we are about relationships, after all we can’t save ourselves it has been and always will be Jesus reaching out to us.

So in conclusion we need to be more wise with our time, commit with me to read the entire bible at least once with me and remember we are the salt and light in our world, we need to create a thirst in others for the things of God and then lead them to Him. God Bless!

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