We are going through an unprecedented global ‘time’ of pandemic and lockdown restrictions. Additionally as a church we are also in a ‘time’ of fasting and prayer. Both of these ‘times’ are significant and require us as Christians to become more aligned with Heaven’s purposes.
Paul tells us in Eph. 5:15-17 to be discerning and not unwise, and to redeem – to buy back – the times. Redemption in the New Testament is a concept from the slave markets of the day, where a person captured and brought into slavery could be bought with the purpose of then setting them free. Jesus has redeemed us from sin. We were all slaves to sin, but through His death on the cross He paid the price to set us free.
But here he talks of redeeming our times. The word used for time is “kairos” and it means a specific time or opportunity. The amazing thing is that we have been given the authority, through seeking God, to buy back key moments and opportunities. Our times – even in this difficult season we find ourselves in – can be submitted to God and His loving hands, and they can be redeemed so that something profitable comes out of them.
Here’s today’s video encouragement.