"Be wise in your behavior towards non-Christians, and make the best possible use of your time. Speak pleasantly to them, but never sentimentally, and learn to give a proper answer to every questioner." Colossians 4:5,6
While that last part of verse 6 might be a more oft-quoted thought than what comes before it, I think the real key to both verses is tucked back in verse 5. The Phillips’ translation says, “make the best possible use of your time,” while the NIV says, “make the most of every opportunity.” But both of those are weak when compared to the original Greek! The real language is “redeeming the time,” nearly the same word used as in Galatians 3:13 when it says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law…”
Isn’t that an absolutely wonderful thought? The idea of waking to any day of our life and actively, by the power of Jesus, working to redeem even the time we’re allotted? To even testify to the world about His goodness by the way a day passes through our hands?
Do you actually believe He can “redeem” your time today? Do you believe He can make great use of whatever particular day you happen to be reading this sentence?
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