Ephesians 5:16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
I make a little “electronic” phone reminder used as my sales motivation, “time wasted equals opportunity lost.”
In the workplace, that’s my B-12 vitamin to keep plugging away at it, because not only is our future uncertain, but our past is unnredeemable – can’t get it back. On a Friday I may be faithfully serving the King but if the day before was time poorly spent, then no matter how successful later I am, I still can never regain that precious time. When I am older I may well regret these occasions.
Among other practical lessons this verse teaches to Christians, of grievous note is how easy it is to miss squander doing good, while we are sandwiched in a devilish culture. We should make the best use of time for Christ glory says this verse. Turn evil upside down on its head by being conquerors of our time. Our children, our job, our marriage, our finances, our fellowship with the brethren…heck, even our health is impacted by how well we “pour in and invest in” the time given us. I met a person recently who lost a loved one suddenly, and that person told me to “go hug your wife” because you never know when they will be gone. When a loved one is gone, we cannot find those moments again. Today we should consider where we need to “bless” the time, with effort and spiritual energy during our numbered days.
Pray about it, meditate on it. We need so badly to be faithful here.