Our Most Valuable Asset
In Ephesians 5 Paul writes down so many practical things for us to put in place in our lives. One thing that has always struck me is the phrase “redeeming the time”. You can read it here in context: 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God. As I understand this world in which we live I understand time to be my most valuable asset. I can’t really “save” it like I can money. Those last few seconds are never coming my way again. It is unpredictable. I don’t really know how much time I have. I hope you see how valuable an asset that time truly is.
Paul gives us a few ideas on how to spend this time. Let’s quickly review them. First, understand what the will of the Lord is. This is seen as an expression of wisdom. Second, be controlled by the Holy Spirit, not something like wine. In excess, alcohol and its effect “control” the body and mind….that’s a waste of time. An alternative is to allow the Holy Spirit to have that kind of control in our lives. Third, using our words to edify and satisfy one another. Fourth, giving thanks. This is a great way to spend time. Lastly, submitting to one another. This is the genuine mark of a Christ follower….submission. I hope you see how valuable time is in your life. I hope you will consider these five ways that Paul suggests for us to spend our most valuable asset.