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Live Wisely and Redeem the Time

You and I have been given a great gift. The gift of life is the most precious thing that we have, and therefore it is imperative that we don't waste it.

Yet it is very easy to waste our lives. We can let the moments of our lives slip through our fingers as we sit in front of a TV or computer screen. It is possible to waste our lives as we discover one more excuse to work later rather than going home to our family or to give into the voice for some "me time" rather obeying God's call.

Vacation, Sabbath, and alone time are important because we need opportunities to recharge our batteries and anchor our lives to Christ Jesus. We should never feel guilty for getting the rest that we need, just as we should never feel guilty about fulfilling our obligations.

What we need to be conscious about is how we are using the time God has given us. How we use our time determines how well we are living.

The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT).
To make the most of every opportunity means that we buy up the time we have been given. We redeem the time from this evil age and bring it into God's glorious Kingdom. This requires prayer on our part so we can know God's will. We can't be in obedience to God's will if we are ignorant of what His will is. Redeeming the time also requires an intentionality on our part. It is choosing to seem God's will, committing to do His will, and making the effort to do it. We get to decide whether or not we are going to redeem the time for God's glory and honor.

To make the most of our lives and to live wisely means that we redeem the time given to use. By dedicating it to God's Kingdom. That is the best way to use the gift of life God has given to use.

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