How a believer can effectively manage and be a good steward of the time, resources, gifts, graces, and calling of God.
What does it mean to “redeem the time?”
To “redeem” means to exchange for something; to convert, to maximize use or put something into effective or productive use.
Believers are asked to redeem time, resources, gifts, calling, knowledge, doctrine, etc. to bring glory to God (Ecc 9:10, Rom 12:11, 1Cor 9:24-26, Col 3: 23).
This means disciples are to be good stewards and custodian of these things (1Tim 4:14, 1Pet 4:9-11).
This requires discipline.
Discipline is defined as “…to obey rules or code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.”
Christ redeemed us from:
- The law (Gal 3:13)
- Sin (Col 1:14, Rom 5:6 Rom 6:14)
- The world (Joh 16:33)
- Death (2Cor 1:10, 1Cor 15:55-57)
- Eternal damnation (Heb 9:12)
- Our own body (Rom 7:24, 1Cor 6:20).
- Manifest the victories from what He has redeemed us from (Rom 6:12, Rom 8:13, Col 3:5)
- Maintain the redemption He has given us through a life of self-discipline.
However, discipline requires obedience "...to obey rules or code of behavior", and if necessary, take punishment to correct disobedience or shortcomings (2Cor 10:6, Heb 12:4-11).
- What is the consequence of not redeeming the time? (Eph 4:30)
- How can a believer, through discipline, redeem the following areas of life?:
- Time (1Cor 3:1-3, 2Tim 4:1-4, Heb 5:12)
- Body (1Cor 3:16-7, 6:19, 9:27, 1Pet 2:11)
- Passions (Rom 8:13, Col 3:5, Gal 5:19-22, Eph 4:22, 5:3-6)
- Life and living (Rom 14:8, 1Jn 2:15-17).
- Cause division and strife (Rom 13:13, 1Cor 11:18, 2Tim 2:23)
- Arrested spiritual development (1Cor 3:1-3, Heb 5:12-14, Col 3:16)
- One leg in the world (carnal mind) Rom 8:7, 1Cor 3:1-4)
- Habitually wrestling with doctrine (2Pet 3:16, 1Tim 1:4, 6:3-5, 2Tim 2:23, Tit 3:9)
- Not function in their gift, calling, or grace to edify the body (1Th 5:11, Eph 4:7, 1Cor 14, 1Tim 4;14)
- A “manner” to forsake the assembly, or a habit/lifestyle to be late to fellowship (Heb 10:25)
- No respect for leadership (1Thes 5:12-14, Heb 13:7,17)
- No regard for unity in the body (1Cor 1:10, Eph 4:3)
If there was anytime in history Christ wants us to be diligent and be good steward of all He has blessed us with, it is now, because "the days are evil" (Eph 4:16), and the time is short.
When we put into maximum use all His graces and blessings in our lives, particularly living a life above sin,
- We lift Jesus up and declare to the world the power of His salvation
- We truly pray the prayer "thy kingdom come"
However, if we do not redeem the time, we grieve the Holy Spirit and we break the seal of our redemption (Eph 4:30).
Brethren, let us be a good steward of the time, resources, gifts, calling, knowledge, and grace God has given us.
"To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams" (1Sam 15;22).
- In what areas do I need to examine myself as regards discipline? (2Cor 13:5).
- How has the gift, calling, and grace of God in my life be a blessing to others other than myself?
- In what specific area above I’m I struggling with discipline in the body?
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