I have been thinking a lot about the apostle Paul’s phrase this last week or two. What do you think of when you hear the phrase “redeem the time”?
I think perhaps in our American culture, what first comes to mind is “Get busy. Don’t waste time.”
But my friend Lonnie Allison asked a group of us, “What do you think is the number one value of American Christian leaders?”
He answered his own question .”Frenzied busyness” Why? “Because,” he said, “when we get together in conferences, that’s what we talk about all the time, how busy we are. So if that’s what we talk about all the time, that must be a number one value.”
I hate to think it’s so, but he has a point. So perhaps the way we redeem time first is to stop, be quiet, listen and, as Paul admonishes, know what the will of the Lord is and then start doing it.