Chances are that as you look back at 2014, you will say, “I was able to accomplish so much, but I wish I would have…” A New Year is a time where we get reflective about where our lives are headed. How are we doing? Is what we are doing working? Are we using our resources in the best way possible? It’s possible that at the beginning of 2014 you had goals or resolutions that you made about this year now gone. What hindered you from doing all the things you had hoped to do? If you are like me, then you would admit that one reason we don’t always live up to our goals is time management.
The Bible is clear that everything we have is a gift from God. This includes time. Time is the great equalizer. We are all different from one another when it comes to looks, intelligence, abilities, strength, and background, but we are all equal in the fact that we get 168 hours a week to spend however we see fit. A great majority of our time is spent working or sleeping, but what about the rest of the time? God wants us to realize that our time is a gift from God that should be used wisely.
Ephesians 5:16 puts it this way: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word “redeem” means to “buy back.” We see the word “redeem” on our coupons, and it simply means that that little piece of paper will be purchased back by the manufacturer. When we speak of salvation, our redemption means that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins on the cross. But in this verse “redeeming the time” means seeing the value in every day, hour, and minute, and using it for the glory of God. It means not wasting precious minutes that can be used to further Christ’s kingdom and influence.
In a country that is good at wasting time, Christians are called on to “redeem” the time, and the reason given is that there is not much time left: “because the days are evil.” When we have an excess of something, we tend to waste it. But when we realize that time is precious and fleeting, it should drive us to want to do everything we can to use that time to do something purposeful and worthwhile. This New Year, make using your time efficiently and effectively a resolution.