“Can it wait till tomorrow?”
“Can I do it later?”
“I hope to do that someday.”
The things we can do, if only we can do it tomorrow. We know better than to put off for tomorrow what we can do today. The moment is all we have. Our time is valuable. Our time is flying by (at this writing there are 62 days, 13 hours, 30 minutes, and 4 seconds until Christmas). Our time on earth is short, and we want to make the most of it.
“For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Ps. 90:9-10). Therefore, the Psalmist prayed, “Lord teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Ephesians 5:16 encourages us to “redeem the time” or “make the best use of our time.”
We need to redeem the time with our children. “Children are a heritage from The Lord” and “arrows in your quiver.” There are only a few short years in which you can mold their minds to fit God’s expectations.
We need to redeem the time with our spouse. A marriage is “what God hath joined together”. Dwell with one another in love. Enjoy the wife of your youth at every stage of life.
We need to redeem the time with our congregation. Four hours of every week is too little time to be together in worship, work, and fellowship. Find ways to be with your church family (Hebrews 10:25).
We need to redeem the time with God’s Word. The word of The Lord is perfect reviving the soul. Spend time with God’s book. No one has ever studied the Bible too much. No good heart has ever regretted hours of listening to God’s words.
We need to redeem the time with prayer. God is patiently waiting for your call. His providence is at your disposal.