Ephesians 5:16 "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
Yesterday, our special speaker at church preached on the coming of Christ. He asked us how we fill our time. If we really are anticipating Christ's return, how we spend our time will reflect that. Do we fill our time with the things of this world, or are we spending it wisely in service for our Lord?
The temporal and eternal are both very real, it obviously makes more sense to prepare for eternity instead of the here and now.....so, then why do we often live with only the temporal in mind?
It's SO easy to get caught up with the things of this world -the news, Facebook, sports, the latest styles, gadgets, technology, etc. Entertaining ourselves is quite effortless - we all love a vacation, having fun comes naturally. There is NOTHING wrong with any of those things either, as long as they are in moderation and don't consume our time (which is too often the case).
I was convicted of this, and asked the Lord to help me to live with eternity in mind. If we truly are looking forward to Christ's return, and anticipating it, it will cause us to be busy in telling others about our so great salvation! It will cause us to put aside our petty arguments, opinions, and circumstances -knowing that there is SO much more to life than that! It will cause us to see people differently, seeing them as souls on their way to an eternal destination. It will cause us to get busy in our churches, serving the Lord, knowing that time is short. It will cause us to realize that the days are fleeting, and how we spend our time is of great concern. We must redeem our time, in other words - choose wisely how you spend your time because we really don't have much of it.
James 4:14 says "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil".....are YOU spending your time wisely?
I hope you'll keep this in mind as you go throughout your week. I know I will!