Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.– Ephesians 5:16
Do you often feel like you are wasting a great deal of your time? Or, perhaps it’s just the opposite and you feel as though you never have enough time? It is possible that there is much truth to your feelings in both cases but there could be just as much, or more, that is false! The truth is that we waste precious time when we do not the things which we ought in favor of things we’d rather! What ought then we to be doing?
Unfortunately, I cannot specifically answer that question for you anymore than you can answer it for me. However, there is a generalized answer and that is that we should be doing The things to which we were called of God to do! It’s the broad scope of that statement that can easily lead us to become disillusioned and drastically off track if we are not aware of the pitfalls!
The first pitfall is not believing that the majority of the things God calls us to do are just the ho-hum day to day tasks of survival. Not very exciting so we will often find ourselves doing all kinds of work we deem to be more important while those necessary menial tasks remain undone which results in chaos in our lives and thus pushes us even further from the call, the vision, God had granted us at the start! We cannot expect to arrive at the place God has designed for us, here in this life or the next, if we neglect the small things along the way! He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much (Luke 16:20).
On the opposite end of that spectrum we will find another pitfall. This one encompasses those who become obsessed with over doing the small things to the point of never moving forward in their spiritual walks. This is a temptation given in to by many because it gives them a sense of safety and comfort! After all, there are no real spiritual risks involved in the completion of daily chores or duties! Those that fall into this way of life are likened to Martha who became so busy with cares of this world that she neglected to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him. Jesus tells her that she is careful and troubled about many things but one thing is needful that will last and that is to know and meditate upon His Word (Luke 10).
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.– C.T. Studd
The key here to living between these two extremes is moderation in all things! The true key, the heart of the matter if you will, is to be so in tune with God that we know the balance at all times! If we grow unsure we know who to call for the answer to our next step! It’s not our next of kin or dearest girlfriend! Here’s a hint to who we should ceaselessly be in contact with and who should be the first person we call- His kingdom is not of this world!
It can be hard to stop just as it can be difficult to go! That’s why the Lord must come first! He will instruct us and will send reassurance along the way! Just this past weekend my husband and I were in the midst of having a day of rest when my husband began to have this nagging feeling of restlessness; like he needed to go do something! He finally had settled on going out to mow the lawn but no sooner had the words of his intentions left his lips than it began to rain. God, in His goodness and kindness, reassured him and confirmed that rest was His command for him all that day! So, needless to say, he continued at ease, content in his day of rest.
This is the ideal way for us all- to be content in whatever we are called to be doing at a particular time! When we have the right outlook- one focused solely on the Lord God Alimighty! We will be able to redeem the time in keeping with His will! Whether that means being still and knowing He is good or moving forward as we look to the ant as an inspirational example of purposeful work and preparation!