This past Thursday, and really this weekend, was the official beginning of the NFL season for 2015-2016. Was it just me or did it seem to take a lot longer this year to actually get here? Any who, I have a caution for all of you NFL fans as the season is now underway.
In Colossians 4:5-6 we read, “Walk is wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
In the original Greek the phrase ‘making the best use of ‘ is only one word and it could be translated as it is here ‘making the best use of’ or ‘to redeem’ or ‘to secure for oneself.’ The meaning is clear: we walk wisely in the eyes of unbelievers when we redeem our time, making the best use of it that we possibly can. What does it mean to redeem the time?
-To redeem our time is to not waste our time.
-To redeem our time means to seize every chance we’re given to share the gospel with a bold tactfulness.
-To redeem the time means to use all of our time to God’s glory.
-To redeem our time is to fill our lives and our interactions with unbelievers with things of the Kingdom, the gospel, the Scripture rather than things that are trivial.
This means we’re not free to use the time we have to do anything we desire. We must ask ourselves before doing anything or committing to something, will this activity help me redeem my time, or will this activity make me waste my time?
What does this have to do with the NFL season beginning? Well, now that it’s football season my household is going to be rooting for the Atlanta Falcons a lot during these next few months. But, I am convicted by something in Colossians 4:5-6 in regards to my Falcons cheering. If my neighbors, friends, and family know me just as the guy who cheers for the Falcons and knows nothing of my faith in and love for Christ (the most important thing about me) I’ve done a poor job of redeeming my time with them. If that’s all they know about me I’ve wasted my time with them, filling our interaction with trivial things, and haven’t made the best use of that time that I could’ve.
The hard lesson for us here is that how we spend our time tells a lot about what we really love. The harder lesson here is that how we spend our time shows the unbelieving world what we really love. From watching our lives and hearing our speech, does the unbelieving world around me know only of my devotion for the Falcons, or do they know of my greater and more infinite devotion for Christ and His Kingdom?
Bottom line: the NFL is good…but Jesus is better.
Remember that is the season is now underway.