Ephesians 5:16; Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Merry “Day-before-Christmas!” The day when America the Beautiful is in the throws of a climactic economical trist. Did you get all your shopping done?
Here’s an old idea from a slightly different angle. Did you see the Hallmark movie about Christmas with this theme? The girl has a brief encounter with the love of her life –as Fate decided– and in a twist gives her all of Christmas Eve or is it day, to make her catch but then it makes her relive that day until she gets it right. I loved the old Bill Murphy movie called Ground Hog’s Day so I’ll probably like this one too. My question is;
If you could redeem one day over and over would it be Christmas?
Mine would be. Except, not any one day but the incredible pee-your-pants-excitment and anticipation that accompanies all the festivities and food. What were we so excited about anyways? Opening the presents! Right! Also the recognition from what we spent our hard earned money and heart getting for someone we loved. Then seeing their faces when they opened it. I would relive that joy over and over. Too bad I can’t….
Wait a titch!
I most certainly can! It says right there in Ephesians that I can redeem the time. But how? How can I make everyday just like that pee-your-pants-excitement? Where’s the presents? The joy?
Hebrews 6:19a; Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul.
The hope is the anchor of our soul. What’s the “hope”?
Titus 2:13; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We keep the hope alive in our hearts because, guess what? Jesus Christ might come back today. Yes today! Are you excited? There will be presents. There will be recognition for the gifts you gave. There will be food and festivities. That could all happen today or even… tomorrow. God promised it would happen. He didn’t say when, but he did promise it.
Numbers 23:19; God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Here is the promise.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (preceed) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Our time is ours to spend. We have a choice whether we want everyday to feel like Christmas. With the hope out there we can let it anchor our soul and give flight to our joy. Happy Christmas! And God bless you!
For another fun post on redeeming the time click here.