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Summary: We can’t relive the moments that pass, so we must seize every opportunity. How can we redeem time?

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REDEEMING TIME

By pastor Jim May

Ephesians 5:15-17 & Colossians 4:5-6

Today marks the first day of the latest time change as we went from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time once again. Twice each year, we get the wonderful opportunity to either sleep an hour longer, or get up an hour earlier, depending upon which way we go.

I don’t know about you, but I just wish that congress would do away with all this time changing altogether. What difference does an hour make, one way or another today? There may have been a time, years ago, when an hour would matter in the amount of work you could do in the daylight, or how much more energy resources would be used if people had an extra hour of light to run around town. But those days are long gone now.

There was a time when our little town would “roll up the sidewalks” and turn out the lights at an early hour, but that time is no more. Right now there are stores that are open 24/7 except for a few holidays. I don’t care what time of day or night you have to get out; traffic is always on the move. Our society has developed into a non-stop society.

I can’t see where moving the clock forward or backward one hour makes much difference anymore. It seems to be much more of a nuisance than it is help.

I supervise a shop where we are required twice a year to go about 95 schools and change the clock and bell schedules. I can tell you that for at least 2 days we are tied up with nothing but changing those clocks. It’s a real pain, and a real inconvenience for those whose clocks are changed before the time change really happens. Many of the office personnel at the schools aren’t very happy when their clocks are suddenly an hour off and it throws the whole schedule off.

But regardless of whether you consider the time changes necessary or not, or whether they are a nuisance, or a welcomed change, there is something to be said about changing the time that I think might teach us all something from the Word of God today.

Time, we must remember, is something that none of us can escape from as long as we live upon this earth. I know that many retired people aren’t as driven by the time clocks as those who are still on the job, but we are all still driven by time limitations.

When we consider that most of us have to punch the clock, literally or figuratively, on the job every day, we must certainly confess that time drives us. Even in working for the Lord, time drives us, or controls us. There must be time to pray, to study, to prepare messages, to visit the sick and to do the work of the Lord. It must all be scheduled, planned and executed at the right time, or it won’t happen at all.

Time is a fact of life and one that we cannot escape. Even the “time of our life” has been established by God because of the effects of sin upon this body of flesh.

Way back, in the Book of Genesis, God had to set limits upon man’s time upon the earth.

Genesis 6:3, "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."


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