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The month of May was an eventful and full time for our family. It began with a surprise party for my beloved husband Mike, who turned 50 that month, and it ended with another surprise party for my dear brother-in-law Pete, who also turned 50 in early June. When you’re close to half a century old, one cannot help but reflect on their life and realize how quickly time passes. Time is fleeting; even if you make it to 100. The bible has a bit to say concerning time. James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Yes, time is short.
Another scripture that comes to my mind is found in Ephesians 5:16. It says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word redeem means, “to buy up for one’s self, for one’s use. a) to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own. What is time? A season,” a time in which something is seasonable). So redeeming the time is making the most of every opportunity, turning each to the best benefit since none can be recalled if missed.
Even Jesus seemed to sense the urgency of time.
JOHN 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
JOHN 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you:

The apostle Paul also possessed an awareness of time when he said:
ROM 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
To the church in Corinth, Paul said:
1CO 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
1CO 7:30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
1CO 7:31 And they that use this world, as not abusing [it]: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
One of Moses’ prayers recorded in the Psalms was “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
It is interesting to notice how that wisdom is linked to redeeming the time. In the very framework of Paul’s admonishing in Ephesians Chapter 5, he said,
“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].

In Colossians 4:5 Paul said, “Walk in wisdom toward those that are without, redeeming the time.”
So much of what we do today is just a squandering of time. We do not own a television, but how much time is wasted watching TV, videos or surfing the Internet, that could be spent drawing closer to God in prayer, studying the word of God, teaching a bible study to someone or helping a person in need?

Paul said that the Ephesian church should redeem the time because the days were evil. Our inherent sin nature has a propensity towards evil. Those who would never consider committing adultery will take pleasure in the account of one who does. An individual who wouldn’t dream of killing someone will watch with enthrallment on TV or other medium as actors portray murders.
Paul speaks of individuals who take pleasure in those who are doing evil things. Maybe he was pertaining to the theatre of his age, but it is much more true in the entertainment industry today.
I am reminded of a beautiful old song that my sister Carol had in her wedding called “Only One Life”. The chorus says, “Only one life, so soon it will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last.”Only one chance to do His will. So give to Jesus all your days. It’s the only life that pays. When you recall, you have but one life.”
Lord, help us not to misuse the time you have allotted to us. Cleanse our hearts and renew our minds. Give us the wisdom and strength to make each moment of our lives count in drawing closer to you, showing your love, and reaching out to a lost and dying world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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