What Does The Word Of Abba Father Teach Us About Time Management? – Part 3

– by Gerrie Bester

We have learnt that each and every single person on earth receives 86 400 seconds every day of their lives. No more, no less. In this time we need to fit in an array of priorities. The moment this allocated time becomes a responsibility and an account of stewardship and not an excuse for non-performance, things start changing. The Word of Abba Father teaches us the following with regards to our time: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:16. 

How do we redeem time?
So what is Abba Father trying to teach us in His Word when He says that we need to redeem time? The word redeem, as a basic definition, means “To buy up for oneself.” This makes it a bit confusing because how exactly does one “buy” time for oneself? Is it even possible? However, when you look at the Greek word used in this context of Scripture, you see an amazing nugget of truth come to life from the Word of Abba Father. The Greek word that is used in this context, translated as redeem, means “to rescue from loss” or “to set free from bondage.” Is it starting to make more sense now? It means making a sacrifice in order to grab hold of an opportunity and utilising it for the right purpose.

Don’t waste your time
When we read the second part of the verse we see that the Word of Abba Father says that “The days are evil.” This means that many things will try to grab hold of your opportunities, priorities, and time, trying to lead you away from the purpose that Abba Father has for you. Things that tempt us to go to places of sinful indulgence and revelry – where our time would be wasted, and worse than wasted, misspent because it is not employed according to His design for us and our purpose in Him.

Walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
There are millions who lay on their death beds with a burning desire to redeem even the smallest portion of time, at any cost or price, if they were given the slightest chance. But redeeming time, according to the Word of Abba Father, happens in the here and now, under guidance of Holy Spirit. We do not have the convenience of hindsight time management. Continual walking under guidance of Holy Spirit is the only way to redeem time – God’s way. 

What are you living for?
There is a worldly saying that we often find on bumper stickers, “One Life – Live it!” But the question arises – live it for what purpose? Or maybe we can cut to the real question – live it for who’s purpose? Does “living it” imply chasing after a bucket list as a race against disappearing seconds? Or is it an opportunity, filled with grace, seeking true purpose in the One who created us and truly redeemed us? What if we had a bumper sticker made saying, “One life that will soon be past – only what you did for Christ will last.”

JOY! Magazine (January 2018)

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