July 12, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
Time is money. Many people bill us for their services according to the time spent. Parking and taxi meters, time clocks at work, lawyers, the telephone company, the auto mechanic -- all meter the minutes and convert them to dollars.
While Christians recognize the value of each minute, they measure time not in terms of money, but as providing opportunities to serve God. A Christian businessman in Illinois had a reputation for getting things done. His secret? Before he wrote a letter, made a phone call, or interviewed a client, he focused intently on the job at hand. He prayed for God to help him be wise, fair, and honest. Then he made the most of his limited time.
The Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26 - 39) used his travel time to read the Holy Scriptures, which make us wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Today we may play Scripture recordings or Christian music as we travel. Philip took advantage of the opportunity to speak to the Ethiopian about Jesus and baptized the eunuch into the Christian faith. Opportunities abound for us as well to share the message of Christ, if only we are wise and redeem the time.
PRAYER: Lord, teach us to spend our time wisely, redeeming the days for good, not evil. Our times are in your hands; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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