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Redeem the time

Redeem the time

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ~ Eph 5:15-17

“He [God] has promised, that they, that wait upon Him shall renew their strength. The almighty the immutably faithful has made this promise, He is not a man, that He should lie, His arm is not of flesh. Wait, then, upon the Lord. Of how much real happiness we cheat souls by preferring a trifle to God.

We have a general intention of living religion; but we intend to begin tomorrow, or next year. The present moment we prefer giving to the world. ‘A little more sleep, a little more slumber.’ Well, a little more sleep, and we shall sleep in the grave. A few days and our work will be done, and when it’s done, it’s done to all eternity. A life once spent is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated throughout eternity. If it be marked with sins, the marks will be indelible. If it has been a useless life, it can never be improved. Such it will stand forever and ever.

The same may be said of each day. When it is once passed it is gone forever. All the marks which we put on it, it will exhibit forever. It will never become less true that such a day was spent in such a manner. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will effect our everlasting destiny. No day will lose its share of influence in determining where shall be our seat in heaven. How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness? It will be too late to mend its appearance. It is too late to mend the days that are past.

The future is in our power, let us, then, each morning, resolve, to send each day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish to wear forever. And at night let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone, indelibly marked.”

—Written by Adoniram Judson – American missionary to Burma

Diary Entry for December 30th 1810

[ To listen to one of Hope Reformed Baptist Church’s audio sermons on this very subject please follow the link below ]
http://hopechristianchurch.com.au/online-sermons/singlesermon/10012