Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 14th of Aug 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity In View
Topic: Redeeming the Time
Texts: Eph. 5: 15-21
Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:15-16 “ 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (KJV)
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning and read his own obituary in the local newspaper. It read, “Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.” It was Alfred’s older brother who had died; a newspaper reporter had bungled the epitaph. But that account had a tremendous impact on Nobel, who decided he wanted to be remembered for something different. As a result, he initiated the Nobel Prize to reward individuals who foster peace. He said, “Every man ought to have the chance to correct his epitaph in midstream and write a new one.” How would you like to be remembered when you die? The answer to that question lies in what we spend our time doing on this earth.
Time is one of the most precious commodities we possess as Christians. Money lost can be replaced, but lost time cannot be regained. Irrespective of how wealthy or underprivileged we are, we all possess the same amount of time in any given day. So what does Paul mean by ‘circumspectly’?
Life is like a minefield. Nobody walks carelessly across a minefield. Our Christian journey, like a minefield, is filled with many traps placed along our way by the devil to derail us from the path of making heaven. To walk circumspectly, we must understand the will of the Lord (Eph. 5:17). To walk carefully in this evil day, we must use our time wisely (Eph. 5:15-16).
Life is short and nobody knows how much time he/she has left on earth, so we need to make every minute count for eternity. Time is redeemed by getting our priorities right and aligning with the will of God. As believers, our first priority should be to Jesus, next priority should be to our families and the third priority should be to others. To walk carefully, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21).
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Does “redeeming the time” imply that every Christian must devote every spare minute to serving the Lord? How do we determine the balance between leisure and service?
- How can we learn to be alert for the opportunities that God brings our way? Col 4:5; Acts 8: 26-30
- Read Psalm 90:12. Discuss the concept of numbering our days. What does this mean to you?
- Discuss Ecclesiastes 12:1. Is this only for youths? Is it too late for anyone to start today in redeeming his/her days?