The 7 Experiment: Redeem the Time

6472aa65500029822c708dc7f6d5cbe4I save a lot of these Scripture and quote images to a screensaver file that flashes them across my monitor every few seconds. This one comes up often and reminds me that life is precious, the days are short and everything I do should have meaning. Some days I hate to see it! Usually because I am wasting time. I’m wasting the day. I’m wasting the energy the Lord has given me to accomplish the greater thing (John 14:12).

The Bible says to make the most of the time we have, redeem the time, buy up every opportunity. Take every chance you have to do the good things because these days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). The word redeem generally means ” to buy up, to buy all that is anywhere to be bought, and not to allow the suitable moment to pass by unheeded but to make it one’s own.” Another commentator says, ” . . .to rescue or recover our time from waste; to improve it for great and important purposes.”

So, how will you and I recover our time from waste today? As we go through The 7 Experiment, what changes will we make to buy back time and use it for good purposes, God’s purposes? Who will we touch today with the love of God because instead of frittering away an hour doing whatever it is we fritter at we reached out, we gave, we served. Isn’t this the reason we are waging mutiny? It’s not just to get organized and out from under the enormous pressure and tyranny of excess in our lives, as great as that is going to be. But, it is to free us up to show mercy, do justice and walk humbly before the Lord (Micah 6:8). Isn’t this the reason Jesus came? To touch lives, heal hearts, mend brokenness? He left and He left us here to complete the work. To pray and work to see God’s Kingdom come, His will done, on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10), not for us to build our own little mini-kingdom and see that our will and wishes are fulfilled.

Take back the day, call a grieving friend, cook a meal for a family with a new baby, pray for that neighbor who drives you bonkers. However and wherever God leads, go, do, love, serve.

Ask the Lord to show how you fit into His plan to bring His kingdom to earth.

 

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