Daily Devotional 10-15-19

Redeeming the Time 
By Rev.Emmanuel Afful

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” Ephesians 5:15-17

Who buys expensive pieces of jewelry and lays them around the bedroom, and does not keep it in a safer place? Who buys a very expensive car and does not ensure proper maintenance? Who buys a beautiful and expensive mansion and does not keep it up to date with all the maintenance?  Even, with kids, when they get something they really value they hold it so dear and protect it.  They would usually have a special place to keep it. I remember doing this when I was a kid.

In our text, Paul uses an important word— redeeming—that opens up the understanding of what he was communicating to the church in Ephesus. In the original language, to redeem means to “buy up”or “buy up for oneself, for one’s use.” When we import this meaning into the text, it would read like, “buy the time because the days are evil.” 

What does this mean? Redeeming the time simply means to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good; seizing every opportunity to advance in your relationship with God and others; taking advantage of every opportunity to make yourself available to God in prayer, study, service, worship, good works, etc. Paul says this is important because the days we live in are evil. And, if we fail to buy the time, evil will take advantage of us. Buying the time makes us discerning, wise in our thoughts, and careful in our actions so that all that we think or do honor God. Again, Paul says when we redeem the time, we get to know what the will of God is.  This means redeeming the time would require holding the word of God dear to their heart because the scripture help us to discern the will of God in matters pertaining to life and godliness.

Friends, we can escape falling prey to the evils of our day; we can triumph in the midst of uncertainties; we can thrive in the midst of scarcity; we can grow spiritually when the environment and surrounding culture becomes hostile to spiritual vitality, if we will treasure and treat every opportunity and time to honor God. 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, grant me the spirit of wisdom that I may honor you with every opportunity and time.