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3C. Balance in properly redeeming time.
Tuesday Bible Study Notes
Westside Care CenterTuesday, June 12, 2007
Prayer, Principle 4A. Petition-key3 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
Summary: redeeming the time, (the ETERNAL God REQUIRES this) for the days are evil, (Righteousness is at stake) number our days (Our time is extremely limited), make straight paths (A narrow, disciplined walk is implied). Balance comes only by KNOWING and EXERCISING priorities: THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. IT PRODUCES THE GREATEST SATISFACTION OF LIFE AND WILL YIELD THE GREATEST REWARDS IN HEAVEN, AND LEAVES THE GREATEST LEGACY FOR MY CHILDREN. But it is also something God teaches us, and we (through time) must learn! [I can avoid, but I must expect failure at times.] The Christian life is kept with a monitor on the heart:
PR 4.23 ( issues of life) Deal with self-will – It naturally, automatically opposes God's will!
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
The redeeming of time is the single ingredient that most keeps all of our duties of the Christian life in balance. We can live life trying to focus on all the important things, one at a time– for that is how they are learned. We can remind ourselves of truths we will forget as time passes and review them. But to have spent time in the way God intended us to spend it each day of our lives when all of life is over and to stand before Him unashamed– the only way that we will hear Him say, "Well done good and faithful servant," – will be an accomplishment many can never expect, except for the mercy of God. (Matthew 25.21, Lam 3.22-23) So while we are living in a time dimension, we are indebted to keep this principle before our mind’s eye.
Mt 25:21 "His lord said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'
Lam 3.22-23 Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
The following is a very sobering quote from a writer of 1902:
— James S. Kirtley, The Young Man and Himself, pp 209-210.