09/06/07

Making time for the Lord

All of us have the same amount of time each new day. We are told to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. [Eph. 5: 16] The word "redeeming" in this verse in Greek means "to rescue from loss, (improve opportunity), to buy up or ransom."

We can never recall lost opportunities or time that slips away from us, but we can redeem time each day that we are so freely given. Jesus always has time for us, but the question is; do we always have time for Him and for His children?

Col. 4: 5 also tells us, "walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." Our Lord waits patiently for lost souls to hear and receive His call and confess Him before men. He promises then to confess them before His Heavenly Father, as well as before the angels of God. When He confesses souls before the angels of God, there is rejoicing in heaven.

Although we each have 24 hours a day given us by the Lord, we sometimes don't make time to give Him due honor and worship or be witnesses of his saving grace and love. We must make time available in our busy schedules for the Lord each day just as we set aside a time for our daily meals and for rest. I wonder how many opportunities we all pass up, to share God's love and salvation plan with others? The only true hope and peace one can ever find, is in the Lord.

Talking to the Lord helps us make it through each hour in the strength and power of our righteous Judge. Our Lord requires more of our time than just Sunday attendance with the body of Christ. Each day when there are opportunities to serve and promote His will, we should put His work first in our busy schedules. In doing so, we will see the kingdom of God a more populated place as souls learn how to depend on the Lord and stand by faith.

One day, when time as we know it, shall be no more, the most important question will be, "were we faithful to let God be first in all the days of our lives?" If we find ourselves putting other things first, it is time to lay aside things that would crowd out our time with the Lord and seek Him first. We will find He is always near.

Time spent with Jesus Christ is time well spent and will be rewarded in ways we could never image. Our times are in his hands as the days pass by, and what we do with our time is all that counts. May we always make time for the Lord and know He is waiting for us to call upon His name. He will draw nigh unto us when we draw nigh to Him. We have such a wonderful Lord who loves us with a love that cannot fail. No wonder they call Him, "the Savior!"

[Reference Scriptures]

Eph 5:15,16
15 Be very careful, then, how you liveónot as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Col 4:4,5
4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

The Word of God was given free to us, therefore we should also share it freely with others.
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