When in Ephesians 5.16 the Bible speaks about redeeming the time what do we understand by this? How do we buy time?
I think one way is to be aware of what we are doing with our time. Just how aware are we of the time we use?
If we had to record what we were doing every 10 minutes of the day how much of that time would be revealed to be wasted? By doing such an exercise it should make us focus more clearly on those things that we should be doing. Accountants in Accountancy Practices actually have to record what they do every 10 minutes to give an account of their time, to charge the right rates to the right clients and to be accountable to the boss. If this is standard for them should we should make it standard for us who have should have a greater value on the time God has given to us?
Why not give it a go, say for one week – just one week(!); record what you are doing for every 10 minutes of the day for seven days? Then see whether you are sleepwalking through each day and whether or not you are as awake as Scripture bids us to be.
Jonathan Edwards, an American Theologian of over 250 years ago, kept records of what he did all the time (he wanted to make sure he studied for 13 hours every day) and kept records of what he ate to see whether what he ate made him sleepy or enabled him to continue working. I think he was a bit extreme but it was his response to love the Lord our God with our minds, with our bodies, with our hearts, with all our strength.
Jesus made it clear that we should set aside time to come apart (Mark 6:31 (NKJV) 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) This was so they could get refreshed – but refreshed for refreshment sake or for us and them to get back into the fray reinvigorated for the Lord’s work? (Everything we do, including our jobs, should be done for the Lord). So, there is nothing against resting, entertainment, and sleeping – just how much we do of these? And ask the question: Am I redeeming the time?
Perhaps we can find that time to pray and read His Word after all…
What do you think?
I was prompted to post this because of an Infographic included in this post found from PC World that I found on Monday…but the message above was prepared on Sunday 17th but not included in the end in my Sunday sermon at Ely Baptist.