See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Every living person on this Earth has time. The poorest soul who has nothing to call their own has time. It could be called a sort of commodity. After all, we spend time and save time. Often we waste time. It comes in a limited quantity, and we never know when it will run out. Other limited resources are carefully used and valued in our society today. Oil is sought after anywhere it can be found. Gold prices rise and precious jewels are bought and sold for millions of dollars. But often, the resource of time is treated like it is as abundant as the air around us, something we take for granted that we will always have.
The truth is that our time on this Earth could run out at any moment. And while we are here, we have work to do for Christ that should take priority in our lives. It is easy to get caught up in the cares of daily life, and there are important things that we have to tend to each day. But we should be careful not to lose sight of the value of the time we have. We can spend our time on worthwhile pursuits, keeping Christ at the forefront of how we use this valuable resource.
Sometimes we don’t want to take time for certain things. We may neglect spending time in prayer or Bible study each day. We may not take advantage of church services and opportunities to minister to those around us. It could be that we are hoarding our minutes for our own selfish uses. But if we would view our moments on Earth as a dwindling resource instead of an unlimited one, maybe that would change the kinds of things we choose to spend them on.
Sometimes we run out of time. Missed opportunities and mistakes are a part of life. Something good may actually pass us by. But in these times, we have to be able to pick ourselves up and carry on anyway. We must be careful not to let disappointment hold us back from striving toward something else. God will often give us second chances, and we can move forward in serving Him, perhaps even in a new way.
Maybe we’re at a point later in life and feel we’ve wasted too many years. Instead of beating ourselves up with guilt, we can use that as motivation to move forward now, redeeming our time wisely and using it as much as we can to serve the Lord. It’s never too late to start, but there will come a point where it’s too late if we haven’t started at all.
Serving the Lord is never a waste of time, and the reason is given to us: The days are evil. Certainly there is no denying that there are evil people doing evil things and that Satan and his forces are active in our world today. So let us seek to use our time to bring the truth and love of Christ into the darkness around us.