Making the most of your time
All of us are time conscious.
It would be interesting to know how many times a day we look at a clock or our watch.
Watches now have hourly alarms just so we will be even more aware of the passing of time.
Daily we become increasingly aware of that well known saying, "Time waits for no man."
God’s word gives us good advice concerning time, "...making the most of your time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:16
The phrase "making the most of" is translated in other versions by the word "redeeming," a word which literally means to buy.
The word "evil" has to do with that which is harmful or calamitous.
It is always wise to make the best use of one’s time.
But the apostle Paul says that we are to make the best use of our time because the days are evil.
In other words, harmful days constitute unique opportunities for making the best use of time.
If the apostle had reason to consider the day in which he lived as being characterized by evil, we have even more reason to do so.
Any thinking person is aware that we live in a day of unrestrained evil.
The apostle desired that the Christians who lived in Ephesus would seize the opportunities which evil days present to make the best possible use of their time.
Christians are to be alert to the fact that when the days are evil, there are unique opportunities to be a faithful witness for Christ and for the power of the true Biblical gospel.
The Christian who is conscientious about making the best use of his time will make sure that he spends at least a good portion of his time each day in those activities which have to do with the spiritual rather than the temporal.
A certain amount of time must be spent working, sleeping, eating and other legitimate activities.
But what about the rest of the time?
The question might well be asked, how much time is spent reading and studying God’s word?
How much time is spent in praying for our nation, for the church, for our families and for those who have not yet come to a saving knowledge of Christ?
How much time is spent in sharing with others the true Biblical gospel?
It is evident the day in which we live is characterized by evil, but is it equally evident that Christians are concerned enough about it that they are spending their time doing something about it?