Monday, September 24, 2012

Redeeming the Time

Yesterday's message in the Weird series took us back to a topic that I covered at length in August. As I explained in THIS POST, there were several reasons why we took another look at the subject of TIME.

Ephesians 5:16 in the New King James Version tells us to be wise, "redeeming the time, because the days are evil." To redeem something is to rescue it. It's as if time has been taken hostage by evil, and it's our job to redeem it -- to rescue it from being used for no good.

Redeem the time. If we're gonna do that, we need a rescue plan. We need to think about what we're doing. We need to be WISE: "Be careful how you live, not as foolish, but as wise" (Eph. 5:15).

Yesterday I shared 4 things about redeeming the time, and forgive me if this is corny, but they correspond to the letters W-I-S-E:

W- Will of God: You have all the time you need to accomplish God's will for your life. If you're constantly running out of time, then you're either doing God's will in an inefficient manner, or you're trying to do things that aren't God's will.

I - Identity: Why do we overextend ourselves? Because we base our identity on what we do instead of who we are. Who you are is a child of God. You don't need to do a bunch of stuff to prove you're valuable. The most important job you have is to be God's child.

S - Stop-Doing List: Instead of a longer "To-Do" list, how about making a list of things you need to STOP doing? There are lots of good things you could be doing. But you can't do them all. So focus on the things God wants you to do. You have to say no to good things in order to say yes to God things. 

E- Eternity: What's going to matter a hundred years from now? Once you've left this earth and entered eternity -- what will you really care about then? Are you gonna wake up in heaven one morning and say, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office!" Or, "Man, I wish I'd accumulated more possessions on earth!" What's really gonna matter a hundred years from now?

Answer: RELATIONSHIPS. Relationship with God. Relationships with people. That's what's gonna matter once you've entered eternity.

Be wise. Redeem the time. Purchase something important with the days you have left. They'll be gone before you know it.

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