Musings 54

KJV Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

NAS Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

We are commanded to love God with our whole being (heart, mind, soul, and strength) all of the time and we are commanded to be holy in all we do. Jesus spoke of the sinful thoughts of others and we are also told that the Word judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Ephesians 5:16, given in two translations above, tells us how we are to use our time. The word for “redeeming” or “making the most of” is a word that can mean redeem or purchase, but also use something in the best way. It is also true that Christians have freedom, but is this freedom from holiness or are they now free to seek holiness? I would argue the latter.

Every human soul is headed for an eternity filled with everlasting and indescribable torment or one filled with Christ and His joy. How is a soul headed for eternity to live? Hopefully this will not appear legalistic, and even more the hope is that it is not, but can those who strive to love God have lives filled with sports, movies, reading novels, and television shows? Can spending hours a day or week doing those things make a person holy and can they be part of a life set on living to the glory of God?

We are told that we should be rounded people and we are to be part of society and all the things of the world so that we may relate to the world, but was that how Jesus and His disciples did things? Jesus told us to seek first His kingdom and that we only have one true master. What if the way we spent our time told the truth of our hearts and who our true master is? I would wonder, though not really, if people spend more time in communing with God or with the entertainment of the modern day? I wonder if professing believers spend more time talking about and thinking about things of the world (though perhaps not bad in and of themselves) than they do of Christ? If so, wouldn’t that be a sign of a person being part of the world rather than having the life of Christ in him or her?

We only have so many hours in a day when we are awake and are supposed to seek God with all of our beings. Do we take these things seriously in our day? Could it be that the world is so familiar to us that we no longer recognize that it is taken over and we spend hours each day in the world and of the world? How much of what we read and what we watch is of benefit to the soul and if seriously considered could be considered as being done out of love for God? I Corinthians 10:31 teaches us that whether it is eating or drinking or whatever we do we are to do it to the glory of God. Does this really sink in to the modern professing believer? If the believer can be seen by love for Christ and holiness (being set apart for Christ), are modern professing believers distinguished by true love for Christ and true holiness? It sure seems that there is a far greater love for the world than for Christ in modern professing Christendom, but that is making a judgment based on what people speak of and what people watch and read. Holiness, it seems, has been lost.

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