What does it mean to redeem the time? We exchange each minute of our life for something. What are you getting in exchange for your time?
Obviously, what you get in exchange for your time has to do with what you do with your time. Most of us have earthly goals. What are your heavenly goals?
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Have you ever considered what you will have when you get to heaven? Are you building up any treasures there?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
While you are redeeming the time, you have an opportunity to do just that.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
If you read the rest of the parable, you would see each man doubled his talents except the man with only one. He hid his talent. The first 2 represent Christians. The last represents the unsaved.
To the one with 5:
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
To the one with two:
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Each Christian was told, “Well done.” It did not matter if they had a little or a lot. They had done well with what they had. As Christians, we are to do well with what has been entrusted unto us.
While I was out of town recently, I went to a restaurant. The Lord placed it on my heart to sit near a lady. When I sat down, we spoke for a few moments. Then I got busy eating and writing. God placed it on my heart to speak again. I found out she had just lost her mom. We chatted a while. I have been praying for her and her family.
You stand in a mission field nearly every day. Do you take the opportunity to slow down and look around at those around you? Sometimes we are called to witness. Sometimes we are called to minister to the needs of those around us. We are always called to let our light shine.
Today’s challenge is to ask yourself if you are redeeming the time. Do you have good works? Do you take a few minutes to consider the folks around you? Do you witness? Do you minister to the needs of others? Do you let your light shine?