May 5, 2014
Redeeming the time is to recognize the call on every Christian’s life; to lead others to Jesus and bring them into His kingdom. Teaching people the love of God which will lead them into repentance is to first understand the difference between Christianity and what I call churchianity.
Ephesians 5:16-17, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Earlier I focused on waking up from dead works and walking circumspectly, not looking toward man’s light, which is another way of saying man’s approval, but the light from Christ. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil: is the purpose for waking up and learning the true grace of God. We must recognize that there is a large spiritual battle going on and Christians are not truly engaged in it. Would you step into a boxing ring with a professional boxer without first preparing yourself? No, and yet Christians wake up every day unknowingly walking into a spiritual battle without proper preparation. To redeem the time is to understand that the end is near. I am not one of those end times preachers saying “turn or burn”, “repent or be sent”, because the world is about to end. What I want to convey is the enemy is walking about like a roaring Lion looking for whom he may devoir. The type of people he is looking for to devoir are Christians that do not understand who they are in Christ or the power they have to walk in. If Satan can convince you that you are unworthy, or get you stumbling in a sea of works trying to become righteous rather than accept the righteousness of Christ, then you are no longer a light from God to the world. The problem with Christianity as a religion is just that, it has become another religion. Church leaders have been more effective at teaching Churchianity instead of Christianity, and end up pointing their followers to “the church” instead of to Christ. (I am not putting down the church as Christ died for the church, which we all are if we have called Jesus our Lord and Savior.) What I am saying is teaching Churchianity can only produce legalism and loyalty to a specific church or denomination, instead of building up strong followers of Christ able to seek God for their own answers. God wants a relationship with each of us, not just to be able to look down and see numbers sitting in pews. If you continue in a modern day Pharisee way of life where you are acting religious while point out the faults of others and stumbling in your own walk at the same time, then you are counting the blood of Christ as nothing. I have read studies from several different Christian based groups and they all agree that 75 – 84% of college age adults have not only walked away from the church, but from any form of evangelical, bible based belief. The following generation, our youth, comes in at about 4%. These are sad statistics especially when the same studies indicate that the World War II generation was about 85%, strong bible believing Christians. The world looks down their noses at Christians and we as a whole have spent more energy pointing fingers at the sins of the world and each other instead of living lives of Grace and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, drawing people into the kingdom by the goodness of God. Redeeming the time is to say, buy back the lost time spent on man’s doctrine and get into the true word of God. Make His word your own, first for yourself, so your walk will be stronger with Jesus. Second so your walk will be one that is authentic in Christ, and not lean toward laws of religion. We must engage in the battle over the next generation and we must do so with aestheticism of life our life in Christ, not of our works and rules. This is true wisdom; “understanding what the will of the Lord is”.
So what is the will of the Lord and how does that tie in with redeeming the time? Here is the will of the Lord. Ezekiel 33:11-15 tells us that God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked; that no man’s righteous works will be remembered; that if the wicked turn from their ways and do what is right they shall surely live. So what is “doing what is right in the sight of the Lord”? John 3:16 & Romans 10:8-10 tells us that we must accept what God did for us, believe in Christ with our hearts, and confess Him with our mouths unto salvation. Ephesians 4:13 tells us that God’s will is that “we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”; God’s will is 1 Timothy 2:4,“all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. Redeeming the time is to come out of the Churchianity way of thinking and living, and become followers of Christ with our whole hearts not just focusing on our outward appearance. 1 Corinthians 12 tells believers of all the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in, but 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that without love, nothing matters. The only true difference that will stand out between Christianity and all other religion is we are called to love each other and give ourselves for each other, just as Christ gave Himself for the church. Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves. Every religion has a god and their own way to their god. Followers of Christ are called to love, not stick our fingers in the eyes of each other and people in the world, crying out sinner, sinner. Remember that Jesus Himself rebuked the religious, calling them whitewashed tombs. Only by gaining wisdom and understanding of God and what Christ has done for us, through the teachings of the Holy Spirit, can we show the world the goodness of God which will draw people to repentance. This sums up redeeming the time and the will of God; get yourself saved and into heaven first, gain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of what God and Jesus have already done for you, not focusing on your own righteousness; then make it your goal to take as many people to heaven with you as you can.
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