Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. - Colossians 4:5
I'm attending the funeral of my aunt tomorrow. Her passing was expected, yet unexpected, if that makes sense. She had been ill and I knew that she was deteriorating, but always there was that thought in my mind of "I'll just go next weekend" to visit her in the nursing home. I said that to myself last weekend. Now, the opportunity is gone. I think about the last time I saw her around the holidays and I am thankful for one thing, that I did tell her I loved her.
Did I redeem the time? Do I redeem the time? I sure found enough time to watch TV last weekend, didn't I? In Paul's letter to the Colossians, he tells them to redeem the time - to be there for those without God, and in my opinion, to be there for those who have God, but have temporarily forgotton He was there. Because God's word was written to us too, He is also telling us to redeem the time.
How can we redeem the time?
1) Remember that life is not all about us so we can be there for others in need.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
2) Spend daily time with God and His word so we can know what God has to offer.
2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
3) Look for opportunities to intentionally share God's hope and love to those in need in our worlds.
1 Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Time is the only thing that we can never get back. We can earn back trust, love & money, but there is nothing we can do to bring back a minute that we have lost. What are you doing to redeem your time?