Making the Most of Your Time

A devotion on Ephesians 5:15-16

Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
–Ephesians 5:15-16

What does “redeeming the time” mean?

The literal meaning of the Greek in today’s verse is “buying up for yourselves the opportune time.” That is, making the most of an opportunity.

As Christians, it is our privilege to take advantage of every moment of time for a great and noble purpose. Like Jesus, we are part of our “Heavenly Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). Because this is so, we should be actively seeking opportunities to do good (Galatians 6:10), even to our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

Look around! As Paul says: “the days are evil.” We all suffer the effects of immorality, persecution, disease, mental suffering, negativism, accidents, disasters, terrorism…. Where does it end?

It ends when Christ returns for the final judgment day. That is why we should not waste our time — not even one second.

Make the most of the time you have. Use it wisely and always remember you are a partner in your Father’s business.


Wonderful, Merciful God, Please help me always to have the wisdom of Jesus in my heart. I want Him to lead me in using my time wisely. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


How can I protect myself from the temptations of evil misleading me to waste my time?