Pastor Barry/ The Gathering: Family Camp Message 2019: Redeeming The Time
On The Clock! Ephesians 5:15-16
The moment sperm hits the egg the clock is running! Life begins at conception and immediately time is beginning to run out for each of us. No one knows, of course, how much of it we have. Why, in America 1.3 million a year won’t even get out of the womb before they’re aborted, but those of us who are fortunate enough to make it out alive are already on the clock before we ever see daylight.
Time is something that we should all consider while living our life, especially since we are each given only so much of it. The apostle Paul gave us some very good advice in Ephesians 5:15-16. I like the way the King James version of the Bible translates it: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools , but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Paul tells us to walk “circumspectly” (cautiously) and not recklessly like a fool, “redeeming” our time on this earth. “Redeeming the time” infers that we have been wasting it up to now. The definition of the word is as follows:
re•deem 1 recover by a stipulated payment 2 make a single payment to cancel 3 Convert into goods 4 Deliver from sin or damnation 5 To make up or compensate 6 to save from blame.
Have you been wasting your time? Take a look at the breakdown of how the average American spends 70 years of his/ her life. Do you see any waste here?
By the age of 70 years old (dead or alive) the average American spends:
—20 years sleeping (includes childhood/ based on 8 hours a day)
—20 years working
—10 years of watching TV, movies or other viewing (i.e. video games, internet, etc.)
—7 years recreation
—6 years eating
—5 years dressing
—3 years waiting for somebody
—2 1/2 years smoking (average smoker @ .5 pack per day)
—2 1/2 years sick in bed
—2 years on the telephone or other related communication (i.e. cell, text-messaging)
—1 1/2 years of devotion to God (based on one hour per week in devotions (10 min per day) plus three hours a week in church and related activity.)
—5 months of tying shoes
—1 1/2 months of sex no matter what most people say! (based on the average American = 2-3 times a month for one hour age 18-53)
Living in Mediocrity Luke 12:16-21, Proverbs 14:12-15
How tragic it is that the average American Christian spends more time “storing up things for themselves” than on developing a relationship with God and sharing Him with others. Sadly, most Americans will not have taken the time to even meet God, and therefore will not enjoy the benefits of an eternity with Him in Heaven. Commonly people live their lives in mediocrity. They accept a life of indifferent quality without a thought. A second rate “average American” existence instead of the true blessings of God! How would you like the above time chart to be read as the eulogy at your funeral? God has so much more in store for those who seek Him first in their living– for those who choose to redeem the time.
Redeeming the time Isaiah 53:5-6, Psalms 1:1-6, Matthew 6:33
God has invested so much into our lives— He has even shed His blood as Jesus paid the price for our wasted time on sin. He also chooses to reward us for the time we spend with Him. There is only one remedy for mediocrity and the same recipe redeems time. There is only one named in the Bible and in the dictionary alike that can do such a thing. It is the redeemer, Jesus Christ.
re•deem’er 1 person who redeems 2 Christ
He will take our wasted time and redeem it, and as we “seek Him first”, He will direct us into excellence!
Moving Forward in Faith Colossians 3:17,23-24
Regarding time, we need to continue to focus on that which is eternal as opposed to the passing pleasures of this world, laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Time spent with God is never wasted. Time spent with family develops a legacy of faith. Time spent with the Church and loving others with God’s love (Hebrews 10:24–25; John 13:34–35; 1 John 3:17–18) is time well spent, and time sharing the gospel so that others will know salvation bears eternal fruit (Matthew 28:18–20). We should live as if each minute counts—because it really does. As we go from this place let us move forward in faith because these days are evil and only Christ the redeemer can bring goodness in them.