Waste Not Thy Time

Friday, September 13, 2013

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV).

Thy time on earth is short, so use it wisely!

There are so many distractions in this world, especially various electronic devices popularized in the last half-century. Technological progress and its products are not evil in and of themselves. Our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, equipped mankind with extraordinary mental abilities that allow him to take resources from His creation and make various objects. The problem is when we become so distracted by and addicted to these inventions that we have neither time nor energy to think about the literal eternity that awaits once those things pass away!

How true are the words of the late Christian brother who said, “People throw away the things that matter and they hold on to the things that do not.” Although he was referring to lost people, even many Christians have fallen prey to this improper thinking. Think of the hours upon hours upon hours the average Christian sits in front of the television and/or computer per day. Where is the Bible study? The prayer? The soul-winning? The inner man is starving, waning and becoming lean, saturated with the world’s foolishness. Instead of the Christian teaching the lost and dying world the things of God, the lost and dying world is teaching the Christian the things of the adversary!

Beloved, do not let the world distract you from your Christian ambassadorship (today’s Scripture). We all need to guard against this by understanding God’s will. We need to study God’s Word rightly divided every day; otherwise we have no sound doctrine to compensate for the error of the evil world system that we hear and see every day. Extended exposure to the “wisdom” of the world pollutes the Christian’s soul, that which will profit you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-20).

Thy time on earth is extremely brief, so redeem it for God’s glory! 🙂

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Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!

2 thoughts on “Waste Not Thy Time”

  1. From the article: “Beloved, do not let the world distract you from your Christian ambassadorship (today’s Scripture).”

    The article provided a good encouragement and teaching, but I am just wondering about the quote I pulled (above).
    Are the parenthesis implying that the definition of ambassadorship is reading Scripture?
    I believe an ambassador is one sent from a foreign country and dealing with public concerns? I understand that an ambassador would indeed NEED to study and be up on all of their job description (for us reading/studying Scripture correctly), but their actual job would be to be out and about being a minister of reconciliation, correct?

    It was just something I noticed and wanted to clear up, in case other’s reading thought that study was the end all, be all. It’s harder to face the public, friends, family with actual interactions than to get puffed up in knowledge – never reaching out and DOING the work of the Lord. “…redeeming the time”

    Thanks for considering.

    1. Hello Sandra. You asked, “Are the parenthesis implying that the definition of ambassadorship is reading Scripture?”

      The parenthetical statement “today’s Scripture” was NOT teaching that the definition of the Christian ambassadorship is in Eph. 5:15-17. Like you said, the Christian ambassadorship is defined in 2Cor. 5:19-21, being a “minister of reconciliation,” telling the whole world that God has reconciled them unto Himself through Jesus Christ.

      The reason why I wrote it “Beloved, do not let the world distract you from your Christian ambassadorship (today’s Scripture)” was to remind fellow Christians not to get distracted (AS “today’s Scripture” teaches not to be unwise, foolish, etc). “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV).

      You’re right. We should be out and about doing the will of the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 5:10; 2Tim. 3:16-17; etc), and yes it is hard to interact with the world if we rely on our strength, but we must first study the Bible and learn the doctrine which will then equip us to do that will of God (it’ll really be God the Holy Spirit using the doctrine to work in us who believe it; 1Thess. 2:13). It’s not about learning doctrine just to get puffed up, no, but all too often most professing Christians do not have the proper doctrine they need and so they don’t know what God’s will is (and this is because of a lack of personal Bible study). That’s why I was also emphasizing knowing God’s will for us, in that study.

      Thanks for writing in, and I hope that clarifies.
      -in Christ, Shawn

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