“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:15-16
The ten years I spent in solitary confinement gave me a lot of time to think about time. By the word of God’s power, the galaxies leaped into existence out of nothing (Hebrews 11:3). At His command, there was darkness and there was light. Even before matter and energy, we read of time: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). 

Time is a gift more precious than all the money ever minted. Our time is not our own; it belongs to God. As Moses reminds us in Psalm 90, it’s a matter of eternal significance how we spend the time apportioned to us in this world: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (v. 12). 

In today’s Ephesians passage, we learn that our growth in grace has much to do with how we spend each moment of our God-given time. Some translations call this “redeeming” (buying back) the time. You may have walked in darkness all your life, but now, if you belong to Jesus, you are called to walk as a child of light (1 Corinthians 6:20) in the time He has redeemed for you. 

Scripture Focus

Ephesians 5:8-15


Every day you are one day closer to eternity.How does knowing that change the way you live today?

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