On one of my shopping sprees before Christmas, I went to the department store Kohl’s to look for one item, but came out with 10 or more gifts marked off my list. Besides being excited about that, I was also delighted when the cashier gave me a coupon good for $50 in free merchandise redeemable later.
I’ve received some of this “Kohl’s cash” before but have actually forgotten to redeem them before they expired. And when you understand it is equivalent to real cash money, it makes you feel as if you threw a $10 or $20 bill in the trashcan.
And this is similar to Paul’s encouragement to the church in Ephesus. He said, “See then that you walk circumspectly [or we could say, soberly], not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
I’ve studied the meaning behind this instruction from every angle possible and it always goes back to the same thing: make the most of every opportunity.
Similar to my free cash that had an expiration date, we need to be careful not to take this time we have for granted. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord (Ephesians 5:8-10). One of the key ingredients for redeeming anything is vision and purpose.
I had to have a vision of something worthwhile in order to be motivated to use my Kohl’s cash while I had the opportunity. In the same way, if I don’t know and understand what God desires, I will miss my chance to redeem the time He’s given me. “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
I wish someone could tell us when this “time” expires, but the Bible says we won’t know the day or the hour, so it would be wise to live as if it expires soon.
My encouragement to you today is: REMEMBER TO REDEEM THE TIME.
Don’t let it expire on your purpose!