VIDEO: Redeeming the Time
Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” We have work to do! We are living at a time when knowledge is so widespread and bountiful that the average person living in a metropolitan area will be exposed to more knowledge and input in a week than an entire family of 100 years ago would be exposed to in a year. Communication is literally instant. We can see and hear someone on the other side of the world and fluently converse with them when 100 years ago that conversation would not even have been possible. Travel is so fast and so luxurious that the entire earth is navigable by an average individual. Such travel 100 years ago would have taken months and at great risk. For the first time in human history, leisure time is not only available to the masses, it is expected and often considered a human right. Entertainment is no longer an unattainable dream of the common man. It is now one of the world’s largest and most influential industries. We live in a time of distraction, temptation and selfish ambition. Personal discipline only applies when we feel like it. Integrity and absolutes have all but gone the way of the dinosaur. Yet, in such a time as this, the followers of Christ are still bound by the scriptural admonition of Ephesians 5:15-16. What does it mean to make the most of our time? You’d think “redeeming the time” would be easier in this day of technological genius than ever before. That’s not the case. But with knowledge and technology come choices – lots and lots of choices. They are embedded in various shades of grey, all designed to capture our hearts and imaginations. This special sermon by CQ co-host Rick suggests a practical plan and path to better serve God – at the expense of serving ourselves. Rick discusses six basic principles on which to focus. Watch, listen and consider how to best use your time in the way most pleasing to God!