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Night Is Coming
3/31/2011

Night Is Coming
Redeeming The Time

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. John 9:4 (NKJV)

Have you ever got on a roll doing something only to run out of time and have to abandon your project?  I know I have, and it can really be frustrating.  I can be doing various things around the house on a day off, or writing a message or devotional when I have it fresh in my mind.  Either way, time runs out and I cannot do what I desired.  It's one thing to have this happen when I am trying my best, but it is worse if I have not made the best use of my time thereby squandering my opportunity.

This is what Jesus was trying to convey to His followers - the time is coming when no one can work, and this is because once we have died physically.  For those who are unsaved they will no longer have the ability to work out their salvation.  For those who are saved they will no longer have the opportunity to impact others by sharing Christ with them.

I think there are many unsaved people who take the gospel message for granted - figuring they have plenty of time to accept God's grace and plan for their life once they are done living for this world.  But this is foolish because we don't always know when our life may end.  

I think there are many Christians who have accepted what God has offered and yet they can find themselves also still living for this world - not willing to work at sharing the very message allowing them to be saved.  But we are told to live wisely and to redeem our time while we have it - we need to have a heart of compassion for those who are not yet saved and a passion for sharing with them.  

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5 (NKJV)

Q:    How can we best prepare ourselves to redeem the time?

Here are some basic things we should do each and every day.

*    Seek the Lord in prayer (James 5:16; 1 John 5:14-15).
*    Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit - to empower you to do all He leads you to do (Ps. 105:4; Eph. 5:18).
*    Put on the protective armor of God so you will be ready to withstand the attacks of the enemy to distract you (Eph. 6:11-18).
*    Make the conscious decision to put off the "Old man" our former corrupt conduct and ways of doing things (Eph. 4:22).
*    Put on the "New man" created according to God by being renewed in the spirit of your mind (Eph. 4:23-24).
*    Now do everything as if you are doing it for God and not for man (Col. 3:23).

Hey Christian, this list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it will help us to be prepared to use our time properly and with great effectiveness.  I want to encourage you today to make it your hearts desire to be used by the Lord to the fullest potential -  have no regrets when you finish your life and are in the presence of God.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 4:5 what should we be doing?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you attempting to redeem your time for the kingdom of God?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and ask Him to help you redeem your time here on earth.  

Father, Thank You for Your Word and the guidance You have given me through it.  Help me to redeem my time today for the Kingdom.  Father, I confess, apart from You, I can do nothing.  I need You and I desire for You to help me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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