Ephesians 5:16… Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (KJV). The word “redeeming” means “to rescue from loss.” We are told so often, “Just a minute please” or “Be with you in a minute.” Have you ever notice how slowly the time passes when you have to wait? For a minute you have nothing to do. It’s just a short minute and yet often your destiny is wrapped up in it. How short is a minute? Someone has said,
“I have only just a minute,
Only 60 seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it
But it’s up to me to use it
I must suffer if I lose it
Give account if I abuse it
Just a tiny little minute
But an eternity is in it.”
-Benjamin E. Mays
Paul writes that we should never use time lightly. A minute wasted is gone forever. The word “time” in my text means “a time of crisis.” The next verse teaches that, in a time of crisis, be wise by understanding what the will of God is. It’s the time to let the Spirit guide you. What do you do when you are asked to wait “for just a minute”? Are you at the stop light? Do you get road rage, or do you say, “Hi Lord, I’ve got a minute”? Are you on a telephone hold? Do you fume? Do you say, “What idiots”?
The verse previous to my text talks about rising from sleep or from your minute of daydreaming. Use that time to let the Lord give you some light. The Lord can speak to you in less than a minute. Use that short “just a minute” to be constructive. Keep your intellectual curiosity active. Thoreau said that you can’t kill time without injuring eternity. Time is the servant of eternity. May your minute be converted into wisdom, and may your minute leave you richer. May your minute be a healing time.
Pastor George Belobaba
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