Have you ever considered a verse or verses for your life for the foundation of a new year? It just hit me as I pondered these three verses. I think I’ll tack these up somewhere, probably on the fridge. Alongside the image of the happiness pots with my word of the year on it: happiness (in case you missed it).
Here are the verses…
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Eph. 5:15-17 NKJV)
Let’s take it apart…
Circumspectly in Greek means exactly, accurately, diligently, and carefully.
Fool actually means unwise.
Redeem means buy up, ransom, to rescue from loss (improve opportunity), such as purchasing a slave with a view to his freedom.
The Greek word used here for time means due measure, due proportion, a fixed or definite period, a time in which something is seasonable.
Unwise is actually not the same word as fool. Unwise means mindless, ignorant, stupid, egotistic, rash, unbelieving, without reason, senseless, want of mental sanity and sobriety, a reckless and inconsiderate habit of mind, and foolish.
Therefore, I shall, in Lynn’s Version, walk through this year diligently and carefully, not foolishly. I shall redeem the time, rescuing it from the evil of each day to improve its opportunities. I shall not be reckless, mindless, ignorant, or unbelieving but comprehend the Lord’s will for me. This may be necessary, moment by moment.
Sometimes, it may be a moment to love; sometimes, a moment to turn away.
Sometimes, it may be a moment to be savored; sometimes, a moment to reject.
Sometimes, it may be a moment to act; sometimes, a moment to be still.
Sometimes, it may be a moment to give; sometimes, a moment to withhold.
Sometimes, it may be a moment of victory; sometimes, a moment of surrender.
…but each moment is always a matter of obedience.
From A Table in the Wilderness by Watchman Nee (emphasis mine)…
Let us suppose that on January 3rd the Lord puts into my heart to go and seek out a certain person who, in his providence, is destined to become five years hence a mighty instrument in his hands for the salvation of souls. To obey may be the greatest single act of service in my life. But suppose on this day I am afraid of the cold, or something equally trivial, and do not go. I have let slip an opportunity, and perhaps lost thereby a powerful instrument for God. And the trouble is, such occasions do not wait for us. They pass swiftly by. So when God moves, let us move with him. No divinely sent opportunity must elude us.
So, will you be ignorant, unbelieving, or unwise this year? Or will you live diligently and carefully, buying up those moments, those precious slivers of allotment, granted only once? I pray you will choose to live wisely and obediently.
How many moments do you think you can redeem this year?