“Take Time to be Holy”. Ephesians 5:8-17. Ephesians 5:8-17. “ 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
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“8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is”
Redeeming the time. The word here rendered redeeming, means, to purchase; to buy up from the possession or power of any one; and then to redeem, to set free - as from service or bondage. Here it means, to rescue or recover our time from waste; to improve it for great and important purposes. Because the days are evil. Because the times in which you live are evil. There are many allurements and temptations that would lead you away from the proper improvement of time, and that would draw you into sin. Such were those that would tempt them to go to places of sinful indulgence and revelry, where their time would be wasted, and worse than wasted. As these temptations abounded, they ought therefore to be more especially on their guard against a sinful and unprofitable waste of time. This exhortation may be addressed to all, and is applicable to all periods.
Buying up those moments which others seem to throw away; steadily improving every present moment, that ye may, in some measure, regain the time ye have lost. Let time be your chief commodity; deal in that alone; buy it all up, and use every portion of it yourselves. Time is that on which eternity depends; in time ye are to get a preparation for the kingdom of God; if you get not this in time, your ruin is inevitable; therefore, buy up the time.
The wise man realizes the value of meeting the spiritual challenges in his life. To redeem (exagorazomenoi) is to buy up for one’s use or benefit. Here Paul is not speaking of our buying back time (kairon) we have wasted in the past. He is calling upon us to pay the necessary price in effort and sacrifice to use properly the time (opportunities) we have now (Gal. 3:13; 6:10). By making the most of our opportunities, we save the value of our time as it passes. It is credited to our spiritual accounts with God (Phil. 4:17; Col. 4:5).
How Much Time Do We TAKE Seeking To Be Holy?
Take time to be holy; Speak oft with thy Lord
Abide in Him always; And feed on His word
Make friends of God’s children; Help those who are weak
Forgetting in nothing; His blessings to seek
Take time to be holy; The world rushes on
Spend much time in secret; With Jesus alone
Abiding in Jesus; Like Him thou shalt be
Thy friends in thy conduct; His likeness shall see
Take time to be holy; Be calm in thy soul
Each thought and each motive; Beneath His control
Thus led by His Spirit; To fountains of love
Thou soon shall be fitted; For service above