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Redeeming time
April 22, 2013
by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God, Cokat

I was reading through the book of Ephesians recently, and found myself reading the following verses: “Eph. 5:15-17 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.”

I was considering the phrase “redeeming the time” and the Lord brought me back to the story of Job. In Chapter 42, it tells us about all that the Lord restored to Job because of his faithfulness to Him. The only thing missing was time. God didn’t give Job years back or turn back the clock for him. The time was spent, and Job was not able to get that back.

I started to contemplate the word redemption. Most of know that word to mean the “buying back” of the once lost soul through the blood of Jesus. There is another meaning, however, that is intriguing. It could be stated “to get the full value of.” Think about coupons – the only time they are worth anything is when you redeem them. In order to get the full value of the coupon, you must use it on the product advertised.

In some ways, our time can be redeemed by “getting the full value” of it. We should make the most of every moment – allowing the Lord every opportunity to work through us for His good pleasure.

It becomes obvious that whenever the Lord puts us in a place of ministry, we should make the most of it. First Peter tells us to always be ready to “give a defense for the hope that is in us,” and Paul told Timothy to “study to show yourself approved.”

It’s time to take this to heart – to be good stewards of all that the Lord has blessed us with, including our time. After all, God offered redemption through Jesus’ blood so we could get the “full value” of our lives in Him!

Serving with you!!