Redeeming the Time

I remember as a kid my mom or dad would yell up the stairs to my room or down the stairs to the basement asking “What are you doing?” It was a simple enough question but the answer was not always simple…or truthful. It was not like I was doing something illegal but sometimes my unsupervised activities might not have been acceptable in the eyes of the “authorities” so to speak. How I spent my time was up to me after all and if I wanted to use my dad’s lathe tools as chisels or use my mom’s good pinking sheers for cutting some ninja throwing stars out of aluminum what was the big deal? I soon found out what the big deal was. The truth is my parents wanted to know how I was spending my time.

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

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The term circumspectly is sometimes replaced with the word carefully, but that word just doesn’t convey the meaning of the original language. The walk circumspectly is to be exacting in paying attention to the details of how we walk. It is to take great care when considering the details of our life and walking with God-given wisdom.  It is walking with deliberate purpose in an effort to live a Christ-like, Spirit-filled life that brings honor and glory to God.

When we live circumspectly, we choose to make full use of the time we have, we redeem the time that God has graciously given to us to live for Him., by Him, and through Him.  We put off the things that weigh us down and distract us from His purposes, and run with purpose to the life that He truly wants for us.

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