Live Attentively, In Wisdom, Redeeming The Time

Ephesians 5:15-16: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

The days are evil: Evil is rampant in our world today. It is increasing in intensity and in frequency.

Walk circumspectly: We are to live our life carefully and cautiously, being attentive to everything lest we be overcome by this evil. How are we to live our lives in the midst of the innumerable temptations we face?
1.  As wise: This applies not just to knowing but to using and applying this knowledge so that we get the most out of the knowledge. In other words we are to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving our own selves” (James 1:22). Wisdom is understanding when, where and how to use or apply the knowledge God has given us. Wisdom is understanding the times: ”To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
2.  Redeeming the time: We are to purchase the opportunities that are available to us. It means to take advantage of the time we have. Doors of opportunity often remain open for a short period of time. In fact our lives exist for only a short period of time. “You know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). The older I get, the more I realize how short my life is. The brevity of our lives provides only so much opportunity

Because the days are evil: This is the reason we need to live our lives attentively, in wisdom, and taking advantage of the time and the opportunities we have on this earth. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). Evil and wickedness will get worse and worse until Jesus comes. He said, “As it was in the days of Noah” and “As it was in the days of Lot”, “So shall it be at the coming of the son of man”. In the days of these two men evil and wickedness got worse and worse until God had enough. God then removed Noah and Lot and sent great judgment. One day Jesus is coming back to receive His bride, the church, and to take us to heaven in what is referred to as the rapture. Then judgment will come to the earth again.

Let us live attentively, in wisdom and redeeming the time.