Redeeming the time
Killing time is a grand illusion. Perhaps it is human nature to kill time by putting things off. We may leave our Christmas decorations out longer than we should. We may even have a goal we had been wanting to achieve but have been unable to find the time to work toward it. Whatever our individual struggles might be, there are some things we should not procrastinate to accomplish.
For example, we recall Paul preaching to Felix. “Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now; when I have a convenient time, I will call for you,’” (Acts 24:25).
As a result, he sent Paul away for a more convenient time. A time that would never come.
Our salvation is something we should never procrastinate with.
As Paul also said, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
If we are to overcome procrastination, there are somethings we should acknowledge.
Life is Temporary. A task that we all had to do at some point was taking a timed test back in school. Most teachers were very considerate. They would let us know when our time was dwindling down to two minutes, one minute and thirty seconds. That way we would have a heads up concerning the amount of time we had remaining.
When it comes to our time on earth, however, we do not know how much time we have. Our lives are just like David described to Jonathan, “…there is but a step between me and death” (1 Samuel 20:3).
Therefore, we must live our lives each day as if tomorrow we will stand in eternal judgment.
The trouble is that most people live their lives without any consideration of the future. They believe they have an unending supply of days ahead. This is one of the devil’s great deceptions. If he can convince someone that they have all the time in the world, they will procrastinate, and he wins.
Eternity is Forever. There are many things in life that we can be wrong about. Eternity is not one of them. We have one chance in this life for eternal salvation. If we neglect it, or if we take the wrong steps toward salvation, then we miss it forever.
In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus discusses the judgment. This is a day where the “sheep” will be separated from the “goats” (vs. 31-46). In verse 46, Jesus concludes the matter by saying, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Whether one is a “sheep” or a “goat,” he will one day enter eternity. The question is, “Which side will we be on?”
God is love. Yesterday is gone. The only time we have is now. Although some believe God is the Almighty Judge just waiting to condemn souls eternally, we must recognize that nothing is further from the truth. Keep in mind that God is love and His desire is for all to be saved.
God loved the world with such great magnitude that He sent us His precious Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for us. Jesus took our punishment so that we could become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). His blood was shed upon the cross that we could be cleansed of our sins and redeemed unto God (Ephesians 1:7).
Jesus has given us all the instructions we need to be saved. He tells us we must hear His words (Matthew 13:9). We must have our faith in Him, that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God (John 8:24). We must repent of our sins (Luke 13:3, 5). We must confess His name before men (Matthew 10:32, 33). We must be baptized (Mark 16:16) into Christ (Galatians 3:27) for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). Finally, we must live a faithful life unto Him (Revelation 2:10).
We must realize the devastation of our sins, the love of our Lord and Savior, and follow the steps of salvation that He has given to us. When we do, we will die unto procrastination and live in a state of preparation for all eternity. It is then that we will know salvation is ours (1 John 5:13) and that we have truly redeemed the time.
God bless each of you.