Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Time is the common commodity/gift given to human being. Whether rich, or poor, young or old, white or black or brown, we all have 24 hours a day. What we are and what we become depends on how we use our time.
What is time?
Time was created by God (Gen 1:14-15). It is a gift from God. It is life. We cannot stop it but we can control it. We should always remember that we have a limitation of time on this world (see Job 14:5-7, Psm 39: 4, 90:12, Eccl 8:6). Time is a strange commodity-we can't save it, retrieve it, relive it, stretch it, borrow it, loan it, stop it or store it , but can only use it or lose it. We can't call time out in the game of life. To the Eternal God our time on earth is brief, but he has demands our stewardship not only of our tithe and talent but our time also. If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day...Allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances, it allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. God has given us enough time to carry out His plan for us. If we don’t have enough time it is not that God has not given us enough time, but that we need to redeem time.
Deem means own thus redeem means to own it again. It means to re-own, re-control, repossess, or reclaim. The word “redeeming” in the Greek can mean “to buy up, ransom, or rescue from loss.” We need to rescue from loss the time that remains in our life. We can only redeem today and plan to redeem tomorrow, for yesterday is gone! We alone are responsible for using what God has given to each of us—time—to prepare for our spiritual vocation.
· We are to take ownership of time and control it.
· We need to convert time into opportunity to fulfill our purpose in life
· We need to redesign our days to create value to our lives.
Redeeming the time is a Christian concept which, basically, means to convert time into value, to recover, to not waste.Can you imagine how we would grow if we treated time the way we treat money? Why do we budget our money to make sure that we do not waste it yet we do not do it with time. What to do with time: invest it, manage it, and use it to add value to life.