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Redeeming The Time
4/1/2014

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 when 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 to accomplish my goal, but it’s entirely another if I haven’t made the best use of my time, thereby squandering my opportunity.

This is what Jesus was trying to convey to His followers, telling them the time is coming when no one can work, and this is because once we have died physically we will no longer be able.  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 for the kingdom of God, or 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 amazing grace and His 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. 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:13 (NKJV)

I think there are many professed believers who have eagerly accepted God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, and yet they can find themselves still living for this world—not really thinking about the eternal salvation of those who are lost.  But we are told to live wisely and to redeem our time while we have it—this means we need to have a heart of compassion for those who are not yet saved, as well as a passion for sharing Jesus with them. 

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

Q:         How can we practically prepare ourselves to redeem our 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 us with His Holy Spirit – to empower us to do all He leads us to do (Ps. 105:4; Eph. 5:18).

·      Put on the protective armor of God, so we will be ready to withstand the attacks of the enemy to distract us (Eph. 6:11-18).

·      We should make the conscious decision to put off the “old man” – our former corrupt conduct and ways of doing things (Eph. 4:22).

·      We should put on the “new man” created according to God by being renewed in the spirit of our mind (Eph. 4:23-24).

·      We should do everything as if we are doing it for God and not for man (Col. 3:23).

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 heart's desire to be used by the Lord to the fullest potential.  Let’s not have any regrets when we finish our life and we 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord today, and ask Him to help us redeem our time here on earth. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your Word and the guidance You have given us through it.  Help us to redeem our time today for the Kingdom.  Father, we confess, apart from You, we can do nothing.  We need You and we desire for You to help us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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