Make the Most of Your Time

A devotion on Colossians 4:5

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
–Colossians 4:5

Through today’s verse, Paul teaches us that wisdom should be used in our actions — our “walk” — toward unbelievers.

Our actions and words should consistently share Jesus’ love with others.

Paul also teaches us to use our time wisely and effectively. Some versions of the Bible interpret the phrase “redeeming the time” as “making the most of every opportunity.” Consider each moment as a God-given opportunity to serve Christ and others.

Nothing stopped Paul from using his time to share Jesus with others. Flogging, imprisonment, and even shipwreck inspired Him to boldly proclaim Jesus to unbelievers.

Whether by natural disaster, plague, accident, or the return of Jesus, we can take our last breath on earth at any time. Knowing that the people around us will be lost unless they hear and receive Jesus should be a huge motivator for us.

Paul solemnly urges us in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when He appears to set up His Kingdom: preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching (2 Timothy 4:1-2).

In other words: Time is short! Spend it letting others know how much God loves them.

Prayer

Heavenly Lord, Help me to maximize my time to share Jesus with others in my daily life as Paul did. Please improve my time management skills. Give me the same sense of urgency Paul had. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How can I protect myself from the evil temptations that lead me to waste my time?

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