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REDEEMING THE TIME

JONATHAN TIPPER

PASTOR, GREENLEE BAPTIST CHURCH





Can you believe what’s happened over the past week? This is unprecedented for millions in America. Never in my life (43 years) can I remember anything like what we’ve experienced due to this worldwide pandemic.


If you’re like my family, you’ve been scrambling to find activities, websites, and other resources to keep your kids busy while they’re on an extended break. We’re trying to keep them busy doing things that are constructive, so they don’t stay glued to their electronics.

Here’s a reality. When adults have down time, we can fall into the trap of wasted minutes becoming wasted hours. Soon, if we’re not careful, we have left a trail of wasted days. The apostle Paul instructed the believers in Ephesus:


“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” – Ephesians 5:15


One translation of the Bible uses the phrase ‘redeeming the time’. Your ‘walk’––your life––should be lived wisely. Since time is a valuable resource, we must spend it well! I want to give you some ideas of how toredeem the time while life is being lived a little differently. Paul writes in Colossians 3:12-17:


“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lod has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Who can you show compassion or kindness to? How will you do it? Humility and meekness are in short supply, so practice those!


Patience and perseverance during these days will be great resources to us. Perhaps you need to forgive someone. Now is as good a time as any!


And above all these things put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

The love of Christ transcends anything that could threaten to divide us. We are united through Christ’s love. How can you show love to those around you?


And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.


Amid the overwhelming chaos that is rampant in the world, we have as a resource peace that passes all understanding. Think of how great a testimony it could be to those overwhelmed by worry to see you living with great peace.


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.


Have you considered what a great tool social media is?? Now is a time we can literally get THE WORD out! If the Word is dwelling in you, pass it on! Teach, admonish, share, encourage. Is there a song that means a lot to you? Share it? Is there a hymn that quiets your soul, share it! God is clear in Isaiah…His Word will not return void!!


And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


What would happen if Christians, during a time of worry and uncertainty, lived with gratitude and confidence in all things? How would the world be impacted by our calm confidence?

This is our opportunity to redeem the time. The world is watching!

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