Giving inertia the finger

Very cool! Must have been a God thing. I was preparing for next Sunday’s Bible study and we are going over Ephesians 5:1-21. Verses 15-16 say this:

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Sinclair Ferguson writes that Paul uses the same verb used in “making the best use of the time” in Galatians 3:13, a seemingly unrelated verse:

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.

I don’t know Greek, but I looked up those two passages online (here and here) and they have the same verb exagorazo which, translated literally, means “redeem.” So literally, Eph. 5:16 is saying, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” There is so much we can meditate on when we realize that the same word is used for our salvation and for the way that we use our time. Just think…just as we love because God first loved us, so we redeem our time because Christ redeemed us. Just as we know that we are growing in holiness as our love conforms more and more to the kind of love Christ had for us, so we know we are becoming more mature as the way that we spend our time conforms to the way that Christ spent his life for us. Christ took us captive by his love; let us take our time captive. He saw our lives headed in a sad direction and did something about it; let us do something about all the time that is going to waste. He saved us from a life without purpose; let us save our time from the same disaster. Christ redeemed us. There are so many definitions of redeem…each can shed light on the way we spend our time. We must “extricate” our time from the curse of wastedness. We must “release from blame or debt” the time we spend. We must “free from the consequences of sin” our time. We must “buy back” and “win back” the value in our time. And what greater value than to serve and bring glory to the one who saved us?

What motivation now to go and redeem our time! This week, I am so excited to wake up each day in anticipation of filling the day with things that matter. I am so excited to redeem my time. Who else wants to join me? I will pray for you!

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