The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16

Recommended Reading – Psalm 90:10-12

Almost everything in life is “stoppable.” Even gravity can be suspended temporarily. But one part of life cannot be stopped by us. And that is TIME. Right now, as you read these words, time is marching on. But it doesn’t march without a purpose. Time marches toward the consummation of God’s redemptive plan for planet Earth and its inhabitants.

The apostle Paul didn’t advise the Ephesians to redeem the time just so they would be busy. It was because he knew that the kingdom of darkness is always at work to stop the advancement of God’s kingdom. His words are a reminder that Satan never stops working against God and that we should never stop working for God. But there is another reason: stewardship. Like everything we have—life, breath, material goods, salvation, abilities—time is a gift from God. Our responsibility as stewards (managers) of God is to use time in the way the Owner of time wants it used.

Consider today: The next 24 hours belong to God. They have been given to you as a gift. Be sure to use this day in a conscious manner, consistent with God’s desires.

I am so busy at this present time I cannot do with less than four hours each day in the presence of God.
Martin Luther


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