In earlier posts (click HERE for Part II) we were looking at this command from our God in Ephesians 5:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.... Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
A few more thoughts about this...
The version of the Bible that I'm quoting (the ESV) uses this translation: "make the best use of the time." And that works; that's fine. But it's an interpretive translation. The literal translation is "redeem the time." The verb Paul uses here is the same verb he uses, for example in Galatians 3.13 & 4.4&5... "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us... God sent forth his Son... to redeem those who were under the law."
The actual word Paul uses here is "redeem."
It means "to buy up, to ransom, to rescue from loss, to make the most of."
In Christ God has redeemed his people from unprofitable, foolish uselessness. He redeemed us from the judgment due to us for our sins.
And now we're called to be imitators of our God. Ephesians 5 lines out several ways we're called to imitate God...
And one of those ways is with regard to this thing called "time." God has created an instrument called time. He's entrusted so much of it to me and so much of it to you. And he's called us to redeem it from unprofitable, foolish uselessness.
... to be continued ...