How Do You Redeem Your Time? - Wellington First Assembly

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Monday, June 12, 2017

How Do You Redeem Your Time?

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Walking With Wisdom
Paul uses these verses to describe the Christian journey that go beyond the normal ethical injunctions that a wise person might follow. Two of the words that describe walking in wisdom scream its importance.  Watch Carefully!  Be Alert!  Emergency!  The times which we live in are much more dangerous than you think, Paul writes.   Much of the basis of wisdom instruction still undergirds these principals.  Everything focuses on what helps the community.  Its intent is to take those who are strangers and make them part of a group of people banded together in one purpose.  We are no longer strangers when we learn to walk with wisdom. 
1)  A person who walks with wisdom stewards their time.
Tempus Fugit – Time flies.  For every second that slips by, that is another moment eternally gone.  What do you do with your time?  The limitations of life are all around Paul.  He does not know how much time he has, who much time any have.  Paul could accurately read the political winds.  While the destruction of Jerusalem was still a few years away at the time of this writing, there were plenty of mutterings and murmurings against the Jewish people and against the Christian sect that had arisen from them.  Conversations were getting coarser, tempers were on edge, the known world was divided.  Maybe not too unlike today. What was needed more than ever was wise people who utilized their time for kingdom purposes.
What do you do with your time?  Do you make the best of it?  Or do you peddle it away.  According to a 2016 news article, the average American watches 5 hours and 4 minutes of TV a day.  Binge watching new series is a common pastime for many Americans on a weekend.  Another two hours a day for social media.  Only 3.3% of young adults spend any time volunteering and serving others– in the community, in church, anywhere.
A spirit of foolishness inhabits this world – are there any wise ones who will combat it?  The average Christian teen in America only reads the Bible about 3 times per year.  Only 30% of Christians read the Bible for more than 15 minutes a week.  No wonder our country is messed up.  Many Christians have no clue what the Bible says anymore and substitute in their own secular political philosophy as a replacement. 
How do you use your time?  Are you like the “wise” elders of Chelm, who used their time to capture the moon?  Or will you redeem the time?  The connotation behind the Greek word used to translate make the best of, comes from the world of merchants.  Time is a currency.  It can be given, saved, collected, and exchanged for goods and services.  Paul writes from the perspective that these are the last days.  Whether or not the planet has more days left until the return of Christ, or some other incident ends your timeline early – the reality is all of us are living in the last days.  We are hemmed in by time. 

Many people time shift their entertainment now – watching a show online hours after it was broadcast – skipping the commercials.  Paul suggests using time for a higher purpose – exchanging time for combatting evil.  Time spent on pursuing the wisdom of Christ is never wasted.  Time spent in evangelism and witness never returns void.  Time spent on befriending those who are downtrodden and forgotten by society always has a reward in the Kingdom of heaven.  

How do you redeem your time?