“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Eph.5:15- 16 NKJV
There is a Greek statue that depicts a man with wings on his feet, a large lock of hair on the front of his head, and no hair at all on the back of his head…beneath the statue is this inscription: “Who made you? Lysippus made me. What is your name? My name is opportunity. Why do you have wings on your feet? So that I can fly away swiftly. Why do you have a great lock of hair on the front of your head? So that men can seize me when I come. Why are you bald in the back? So that when I am gone, no one can lay hold of me.” Take a moment and consider all the statements that come up in conversations pertaining to time in the average week. “My how time flies”, “I wish I had more time”, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”, “It seems like only yesterday”, “Everyone is so busy”, and so it goes. There is an ‘inner’ busy attitude that wrecks havoc on our spiritual lives. Yet, if the truth of God were known, we would realise that He gives us all the time we need to do what He desires to be done. Consider Christ, never in a hurry, yet always pressed my many demands. He lived His life at a determined pace because He knew that all of life’s circumstances and conditions were under the complete and perfect control of His Father. Nothing could interfere with the ebb and flow of His life, so that He could say at the close of His time on earth: “I have finished the work which You gave Me to do” (John 17:4). Time is a duration in which things happen. Watches, clocks, calendars, and the like are merely mechanical means by which we measure or record our consciousness of time – but they are not time itself. Notice what Paul says to the Ephesian believers – “redeem the time” or “buy up the opportunities.”
Time cannot be saved or stored up or postponed. It can, however, be spent and it can be lost. You see time is opportunity and it only becomes ours by purchase. It must be redeemed and the currency of exchange is our occupations and activities, the things which fill the duration. This is why it is so important to live life according to God’s plan. Have you ever felt like you just didn’t have time? What does that mean? It may highlight the fact that we don’t know how to make good use of the opportunity time affords us. It could mean that we missed the opportunity that God provided because we already exchanged it for something that fell within our plan. We must remember that, and if lost, it can never be regained. If we don’t think that we have sufficient time to do what God desires than either we are doing things He has not laid upon us or we are not efficiently using the time He has given us. Do you know the difference between effective and efficient? Effective is doing the right things, the things God desires done. Efficient is doing things right. Someone has said, you may efficiently arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic and miss the priority of getting people in the lifeboat. So what can we learn from the Scriptures above? Life is meant to be lived with precision and careful Godly accuracy. We are not meant to drift with the wind or tide. Close is not good enough. Our sails are to be set for our course is directed by the Captain of our salvation! God has allocated boundaries for your life and your opportunities lie within these boundaries. You must learn to buy them up, to seize the season like merchants who eagerly buy up rare commodities! In order to do this we must learn to evaluate frequently our priorities. We all find time to do what we want to do BUT we must learn to ask ourselves – ‘Is this what God wants done?’ Much time is not so much wasted, as it is spent on things of secondary importance. When we spend so much time and energy absorbed with the secondary, we have little left for the primary. Kind of like majoring on the minors! Something else you can do is purpose to stop the leaks. Focus on trying to redeem the unclaimed opportunities. How do you use your ‘free-time’? Someone has said that our free-time flows to our area of weakness. Don’t have enough time to read, write, spend time with the Lord, connect with a friend, or whatever? Just remember, you have all the time you will ever get, so you must choose to ‘seize the opportunities’ as God provides them. May God enable you make the most of time. Time is gift but it must it must be purchased if it is to be enjoyed!