Redeeming the Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be careful how you walk not as unwise but as wise, making the most of your time because the days are evil. Don’t be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.

How are we able redeem the time? We have been given long quantities of time at home. What are we to do to wisely make the most of our opportunities? How can we invest in eternal things? How can we work within the limits imposed upon us?  What seeds can we plant that will bear fruit over the weeks or months or years?

We can be inspired by Paul’s attitude as expressed in Philippians; he realized that even though he was imprisoned the gospel was not. That truth remains. God is not limited, and His purposes will prevail. Instead of focusing on what I cannot do, I want to look for open doors.

How many times have I thought,” If only I had more time to pray and study God’s word”?  Now, I am gifted with the opportunity to delve more deeply into God’s word and draw near to Him. I can pray more intentionally for missionaries, persecuted believers, our spiritual and governmental leaders, and my brothers and sisters in the Lord.

I can worship our Everlasting God, our Creator and Redeemer. I can sing praises.  I can fix my eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.

I am able to think on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute. If there is anything excellent or worthy of praise, I can dwell on those things.

I can still write blogs and send texts or make calls to encourage others.

I have wanted more time for painting and to learn a language.

There are closets and garages to clean.

Now I can even take a nap.

We can ask the Lord to show us how to leverage this time for His glory. The answer will be unique for each one of us, but when we trust in the Lord and do not depend on our own understanding, God will guide us in all our ways.