Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
In this passage, we are once again told to be careful, to live wisely, and to pay attention. The days we live in are evil, hurtful.
Please understand that these days are not evil by character. A day by itself cannot be evil or good. The times we’re living in are evil by influence and effect.
We are told that we should be making the most of every opportunity. That literally means purchasing, buying time in the Greek.
God has set times where He wants to accomplish things through the church. But the times are evil. That means that it’s on us to redeem time.
We have been redeemed – from the law and the curse. Now we must redeem time from the curse. We must set aside times for God’s purposes.
We must purchase the time through prayer. That’s what he means by redeeming or purchasing the times.
We live in dangerous days. We want to see the hand of God at work. We must set the foundation through prayer and prayer in the spirit.
That’s why Paul goes on to say…
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
I’ve heard it said that we must pray the price. I never understood it until now. It’s time. Time to pray and purchase the appointed times for the move of God.
That’s what revival is going to take – time in the Lord’s presence. That’s where we find out what God’s will is. That’s where we receive His strategies for the days ahead.
It’s all based upon the prayers of His people. America desperately needs revival. Time set apart to Christ is the only way we’ll bring that to pass.
The unfortunate thing is that this generation seems to be extremely stingy with their time. If I said that a revival would cost a million dollars, we’d probably raise it pretty quick. But if I say it will take a week of meetings and prayer, where we clear our schedules for the move of God, few would take part in that.
It takes time to purchase revival. Those who want to discern the times and reap the harvest will redeem the time. We must pray the price, buying the time.
Question: How much time are you willing to clear up from your schedule for a move of God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014