"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16).
The Message translates these verses as "So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times."
The Greek word for “time” in this verse is kairos. That isn’t referring to time as in, “What time is it?” It speaks of a point in time that is eventually going to slip away. For example, it could be used in the phrase “harvest time.” Kairos is the time where you better get moving. Those crops aren’t going to harvest themselves. It is the appointed time, the proper time, the slice of time where you have an opportunity – but that kairos is going to eventually slip away.
Paul isn't just telling us to make the most of every moment in every day, although that is certainly good advice. He is telling us to make the most of the time we have left on earth, because time is running out and we need to share the good news of the Gospel with everyone we can.
Looks Like ...
One of the most sought-after but elusive things we seek today is " time." Hollywood focused on this dilemma in a comedy about a harried man who is cloned so he could fulfill his roles as father, construction foreman, and husband. We believe we can juggle multiple roles if we just manage our time well enough, but in trying to fulfill all our obligations to family and job, sometimes we leave out God.
Did you ever wonder how adults spend their time? One study showed how 18-64 year-olds spend their minutes each day. Included were ... sleeping, working, watching TV, housework, travel, eating, socializing, recreation, childcare, dressing, washing, reading, relaxing, etc.
Significantly - worship and devotional activities did not even appear in the study.
Ask Yourself ...
Do I waste time doing things that bring me pleasure, but do not bring Him honor?