Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Redeeming Time Eph 5:15-16

· Eph 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, (16) redeeming
the time, because the days are evil.

o Circumspectly - Diligently, carefully, perfectly, conscientiously, meticulously, Diligently

§ NASB Therefore be careful how you walk

§ ESV Look carefully then how you walk

§ NIV Be very careful, then, how you live

§ NLT So be careful how you live

§ Lamsa Watch therefore, that you live a glorious life

§ MSG So watch your step. Use your head

o Fools –foolishly, stupidly, idiotically, thoughtlessly, unwise, reckless

· 16 - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil

o The only thing we have before we enter into eternity is redeem time

o The song that says “Time is on our sides” is incorrect. Time is against us in this world.

o Making the most of your time – this is almost a four lettered word – Organization,
have a method, have order, the opposite of organization is chaos, we need to stream
line our life for the efficiency of the Gospel. Better techniques. Better methods. Same Message.

o Making the best use of the time – what are we doing with our time.

o If we have 24 hours in a day … and lets say we use 8 for sleep and are awake for 16, of which we spend 8 at work, multiply that by 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year we get 8,736 hours …

o If we take the 1/3rd that we are not working or sleeping we get 2,192 hours or about 121 and 1.2 days. Now tell me what you can not accomplish in 121 days. Now I know that all that time does not have to be devoted to the Lord, but how much are you sing for Him.

o Are we using the time wisely? Are we investing it in anything, or any relationships? Or are we wasting a way in our personal Margaritaville – that is our person pleasures, in this we like, in having fun and worrying only about self.

o Making the most of every opportunity – what opportunities do we have? What is being presented before us? What windows is God opening and what doors are we supposed to bust down. Are we able to honestly say that we are making the most of the opportunities that are being opened up to us? Are we mining all we can out of our prospects? Are we will be crossing the Gateway to Greatness that God has prepared for us and Giving Him the Glory He deserves.
· What is the consequence that we face if we are not making the best use of the time, making the most of our time, making the most of every opportunity? If we fail to invest in our relationships and our community, what is the end result?

Jdg 2:10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.

Gal 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (10) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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