See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We are rapidly heading into a new year, 2010 is over and 2011 is about to begin. At the end of each year it is good for us to reflect on our past year and begin to think of the new opportunities just ahead of us. In today’s scripture Paul talks about redeeming the time. What is he saying, how can I buy back lost time? Obviously we can’t buy back time that is past, but Paul is describing a supernatural lifestyle that can begin to make the very best use of our time and in some ways begin to buy back lost time. Paul talked about the way to make the best use of our time in the next few verses, he said we could do this by staying filled with the Spirit.

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The word Paul uses, dissipation, literally means to waste your time. He is saying we can buy time back by staying full of God. Jonathan Edwards preached a message called “Redeeming the Time”. Listen to his take on this passage.

“YOU have now heard of the preciousness of time; and you are the persons concerned, to whom God hath committed that precious talent. You have an eternity before you. When God created you, and gave you reasonable souls, he made you for an endless duration. He gave you time here in order to a preparation for eternity, and your future eternity depends on the improvement of time.—Consider, therefore, what you have done with your past time. You are not now beginning your time, but a great deal is past and gone; and all the wit, and power, and treasure of the universe, cannot recover it. Many of you may well conclude, that more than half of your time is gone; though you should live to the ordinary age of man, your glass is more than half run; and it may be there are but few sands remaining. Your sun is past the meridian, and perhaps just setting, or going into an everlasting eclipse. Consider, therefore, what account you can give of your improvement of past time. How have you let the precious golden sands of your glass run?”
2011 is just in front of us. Let’s take to heart the words of Paul and of Jonathan Edwards, stay full of God this year, as you do, you will be buying back lost time.


  1. Im almost 59 years old approaching retirement age in the lord we dont have the option of retireing there is always things he has for his purpose are we about his bussines? i have to examine myselve to see if im being slothful at times i do get tird so did the lord he went into the desert to talk to the father get recharged then he would come back and pour himselve out we can do that also many of us are in some kind of ministrey plus work family life the other daily stuff we do im learning to look for oppertunities with all thew people i run into in just the course of the day to be quick to share the hope we have in christ the lord opens up doors if we are available and are in the spirit i ts a great way to die to the flesh and what we want to do with our time it isnt really our time it belongs to the lord i get time to have fun the lord wants us to be balenced he will provide all we need if he is first ever have the lord want you to go somewhere? write a brother or sister? encorage someone or just be there for them? so much gets left out because we can get selfish with our time do we take the time ministering to our loved ones as we need to do? i was looking forward to going to the deer woods the lord had other pl ans for me he is still opening up the doors for the deer woods he has other stuff he wants for me first and i know it will be good doing it the way he has planned it, i was one that did what i wanted to do when i wanted to do it i had to learn to real ly let thew lord order my steps it is so mu ch better better than anything i could have ever planned my ministry is just beginninghe had that planned i had to surrender my time and every thing else to him h e will order our steps if we let him

  2. I have several times lately dreamed I was on my way to heaven, once I woke myself up crying asking God to forgive me for not “leaving enough love behind” as I was rising up thru the clouds looking down on the city. Another time I was in heaven but not allowed to see Jesus every day because of my falling short in life.This does not line up with what I believe when I’m awake. I know I have been guilty of wasted time, and am now trying to make the most of what’s left of mine. I will take the benefits of these dreams and work on deeper rooting God’s teaching on forgiveness and better ways of using my time

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