The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
The Bible is clear; what makes something good or evil isn’t the thing itself – usually. It’s all based upon who the owner is. Things are evil simply because they’re owned by an evil being.
Well if it’s all about the owner – what about the age we live in?
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4
The devil is called the god of this age. According to Scripture, this age will last until the return of Christ. This age is evil because the owner is evil.
The real question is; what can we do about it? Let’s get back to the verse I first looked at in the last post.
Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
We’re told that this age requires us to be careful. We must walk in wisdom. Paul goes on to explain what he means by this.
We should be making the most of every opportunity. That’s an interesting phrase that this English translation doesn’t do justice to. It literally means redeeming or buying back the time. As Christians, we should be purchasing the time.
Look at it this way. All of time was created by and for God. Because of Adam’s fall, Satan has taken over this age. It’s now up to us to redeem time.
This leads to some interesting conclusions. If something can be bought and sold, that makes it a commodity. Think about time; in both the Scripture and our language many financial terms are associated with time.
We spend time, run out of time, save time, and lose time. Some people are on borrowed time. Many have too much time on their hands, some don’t have enough.
Time is a commodity. We’re exhorted to purchase time, because the days are evil.
What does all this have to do with revival? The fact is that we have to open the space needed for revival. God wants to bring about His will on earth through His church. Unless we open up the time for Him, nothing will be done.
In my next post I’ll talk about this in greater detail.
Questions: Is it easier to give God your time or your money? Why?
© Nick Zaccardi 2015