Friday July 16th, 2010
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Did Paul make up a word here? I haven’t seen the word circumspectly anywhere (including Geometry) other than this passage. My guess is that it means around, but looking it up in the dictionary, it means wary or unwilling to take risks. I looked it up in the greek (akribos for you Greek geeks) and it is also translated in the Bible as diligently or perfectly. This means that we know the law, both of God and of man and we don’t want to break either if possible. When they arrested Jesus, they didn’t have an accusation to bring against Him. They couldn’t say that He peacefully resisted because He didn’t. He broke no laws. He broke molds and traditions and social barriers, but according to both the law of God and the law of man, He was blameless. Even when He was asked to pay the temple tax, He sent Peter fishing so He could pay it. And He did that so as to not offend. (Check out Matthew 17:27) We are to know what is legal for us to do and not do and obey it.
We must also redeem the time. Be wise with your time. You have the same 24 hours in your day as I have in mine. (If you have more than that, I want to talk to you.) What do you do with it? I challenge you to take a note pad and write out the hours of the day on it. Then, as you go through your day, write down what you’re doing. Do this for a week and review at the end of the week. Are you spending five hours a day watching television? Do you hang out with friends more than anything else? Work for most people takes up eight hours a day, and so does sleep, so you still have eight hours minus three for eating is five hours of free time. Where is that spent? There are only two types of things that you can do. You can either do things that will last for eternity or you can do things that won’t. I’ll let God convict you on what is what in your life, Wanda, but I will tell you this. Even if you have a completely secular job and are not even allowed to talk about Christ at the work place, that time can still be redeemed if you work for your boss just as you were working for Christ. If our God can allow a donkey to speak, (Check Numbers 22) He can share Christ through your actions and lovingkindness. There is no rule or law anywhere against lovingkindness. (At least at the jobs that I had.) They may not like Jesus, but everyone likes lovingkindness. The problem is that they don’t always know that Jesus is lovingkindness, and maybe it’s your duty to show them. Redeem your time, no matter where you are and no matter what you’re doing. The days are evil, but God is good. And one day soon and very soon, we’re going to see our King.