Someone said 'a wealthy man is not one who has most everything, but one who makes the most of everything he has.' All we are born with in this life is a natural body, a spirit and time. If the average life span of a human being is 75 years and can be reduced to 365 day-24 hour-60 minute increments, and the spirit, which is eternal, hangs in a balance between Heaven and Hell, just how important and imperative is it that we redeem the time that we do have?! Add the evil of our day to the equation, and the Apostle's mandate looms larger than ever before as we consider resolutions, habit changes and the brand new year ahead.
Paul challenged the saints at Ephesus to 'walk circumspectly (watchful, cautiously, discretely), not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time, because the days are evil' (Ephesians 5:15-16).
That's good advice. Time is an ultimate measuring tool and barometer of sorts. How much time will we give an account for? How much time are we borrowing, losing, spending, taking, investing, redeeming? How much time are we praying, sharing, learning, loving, communicating? Go ahead - take it back, share it, give it away, spend it with Him and those you love - it's Wednesday, but tomorrow is Thursday and January 8th is as good a day to wrest away from evil as any.