By Jill Briscoe
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.. ~ Ephesians 5:16
We must buy up the opportunities we have before the night comes.
This is the day of opportunity. Our church took a survey of two thousand women in our community to find out what they were thinking, and how our women’s ministry could best meet their needs. Out of all of those interviewed, only a handful of women were hostile or refused to talk with us. We need to buy up these opportunities.
Colossians 4:5 tells us to walk in wisdom toward those who are “outside” – redeeming the time. Paul goes on to explain that in this wise walk our speech must be salty (there will be a tang to it) so that we may know how to answer every person. Redeeming the time means cultivating the “know-how” of argument and debate. Redeeming the time means that by our very lifestyle, we will engender some questions from others.
Once in a train full of rowdy, drunken football fans, a young Christian was sitting quietly, reading. An old gentleman, observing first the drunks and then the young man, said to him “You seem to have found the secret to life – do you want to share it?” Our young friend lost no time “redeeming the time”!
Paul even goes so far as to warn the married that “the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none”! (I Cor. 7:29). We must ask God for a great sense of urgency.
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