I read this phrase the other day in a daily devotional, and it lit up on the page, holding its place on a nerve that I didn't even know existed.
I like the way it sounds: Redeeming the time. It’s like a motto, a catchphrase, something to attach your life’s meaning to. Am I redeeming the time?
Redeeming the time means that you live with intention and use every second of your day to work toward a goal. I’m attracted to the idea of redeeming the time because it’s purposeful; it’s as if everything you do is important, for good reason.
Redeeming the time is a reminder not to waste the precious minutes of life away, something that I’m very nearly a pro at doing and with which I struggle. I’m a solitary person. To get out there and live requires effort, a frequent internal pep talk .
Redeeming the time is a push to do better, to take the time offered to us by God to do good for his Kingdom, to fill our lives with worthwhile endeavors, to deepen and broaden our relationship with Christ. To take the hour that I was planning on spending watching TV and instead hang out with my kids, read the Bible, reach out to a friend, or pray.
It implies that no matter what life looks like today, tomorrow I can start fresh. We are given many opportunities to redeem the time we have been given. We don’t have to stumble blindly as we have in the past; we can stride with a purpose, keeping our hands held out and our eyes seeking Jesus.
Redeeming the time we have been given on this earth is to do something for good, for God. Use the hours we have been gifted in praise of him who has given us life. Change our mindset to one that is Christ-centered, not self-centered. There are millions of ways to redeem the time.
I am called to do just one of them right now. The choice is mine.
“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 (NKJV)