When I go to the grocery store knowing exactly what to buy I can go in and out in just a few minutes.
If I go grocery shopping without a goal, then I spend half an hour looking for an unknown something that will satisfy my hunger.
The best way to redeem the time is to set goals before you go anywhere.
The Lord instructs us to redeem the time, but he is not talking about groceries. Ephesians 5:16 is talking about our walk in the will of the Lord (Eph 5:14 & Eph 5:17).
We need to set goals in our work for the Lord, or else we will never get anything done.
Have you set goals for this year? 3 months have already passed. Are you closer to your goals than 3 months ago?
Your goals should be specific. Setting vague goals, such as “Grow in the Lord”, is like going into a grocery store with the useless goal: “Get something to eat.” They only waste time and fail to redeem it.
Christians waste years with undefined goals. They get nowhere, and do nothing.
What are you learning? What are your weaknesses? What needs to be done? What tools has the Lord given you? What specific steps can you take to minister God’s word to others?
The person going nowhere gets there fast. The person going somewhere must start taking steps.
Make goals. Remind yourself of them, or else you will find yourself losing track of time in the cookie aisle of life.
For His glory,
Justin “Goal: Snickerdoodles” Johnson