Redeeming the time

Beth and I celebrated our 31st anniversary this past Tuesday, June 9. (Thank You!) I know there are some reading this who have been married longer than 31 years but, hey we’re working on it! Anyway, I was thinking about everything that has changed since 1984. Cars. I picked Beth up on our first date in a 1978 Datsun 280 Z sports car, and when we went out this week, I was driving a four door.

We had one of the first “bag phones” installed in our cars. You actually had to make an appointment and then wait for several hours for them to mount the transmitter in the trunk of your car and the bag phone was usually mounted on the “hump” right in front of the front seat. I remember we could take our bag phones with us (the battery was good for several hours) and we’d be able to talk as we went about our day. Today, almost everyone carries a cell phone with them and it’s not a big deal. We had “long distance” rates and “roaming rats” in those days. Today you can call around the world, have GPS direction, play music and games and buy something on Ebay, all from your cell phone. Technology sure has changed since the day we were married.

Our world has changed too. Our world once was a safer place to live than it is today. Right was right and wrong was wrong. Truth existed not just for what one person believed but truth was based on a moral society. We are a long way from that today, aren’t we? Certainly, our world is changing.

Many things vie for our attention these days, from our work to our families to kid’s sports to entertainment to vacations to, well, you name it and certainly we have a lot to choose from to occupy our time. But God’s Word says, “Make the most of every opportunity to do good in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:16) That was written over 2,000 years ago. Paul must have thought “his” world was evil then. I wonder what he would think about the world we live in today. None the less we are encouraged to look for ways to do good in our everyday life.

Let me ask you to think about this. If you were to list your priorities, where would God be? Seriously, where would He be? See we are quick to put most anything before Him throughout the week, and even more so on the weekend. I know people who live for the weekend. I used to be one. I couldn’t wait for the work week to be over so I could hit the nite clubs on Friday night and this would last most of the weekend. Even though I was raised in a religious home, I was not a Christian. It wasn’t until I was 25 that I accepted Christ as my Savior and was Born-Again. I had other things in life that were more important to me than God and when I got out on my own, I didn’t go to church.

Many people don’t go to church today. Those numbers are increasing each year. Too many other things have come before God. And yet we are encouraged to “redeem the time.” That means, make good use of the time that God gave you. Might I encourage you to re-arrange your list of priorities and put God first? Give Him His day (Sunday) by finding a good Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church and get involved in it? Then, try to live your life for Him throughout the rest of the week. I just bet you that if you will do this, your life will make a whole lot more sense, you’ll feel better about yourself and about life and things will just seem to work out better for you and for your family. Would you try it?

And that is Something To Think About for this week.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at, or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.