Redeeming the Time
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming
the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
These days we are bombarded with opportunities that entice us to invest
our time and energy. Each day the voices of urgency cry out for every available
moment. So many causes promise that time spent on them will reap great rewards;
how can we recognize God’s voice among so many competing voices?
A fool makes unwise choices with his time. With every new opportunity
that comes along, the fool chases off in a different direction, not questioning
whether that is the best choice. The loudest voice gains his attention. At some
point the fool discovers to his dismay that he has squandered the investment of
The days in which you live are evil. Marriages are under tremendous
pressure, families are disintegrating. Multitudes are dying each year without
hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Investing your life wisely is critical to
you and to those around you. Foolishly spending your time in sinful or wasteful
pursuits can cost you and others dearly.
Often, it is not evil pursuits that rob your time. Rather, the
temptation is to sacrifice what is best for what is good. The enemy knows that
blatantly tempting you with evil will be obvious, so he will lure you with
distractions, leaving you no time to carry out God’s will. He will tempt you to
so fill your schedule with good things that you have no time for God’s best.
You may inadvertently substitute religious activity for God’s will, pursuing
your own goals for God’s kingdom instead of waiting for His assignment. Time is
a precious commodity. Be sure to invest it wisely.