Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
As part of paying attention to your walk Paul tells the Ephesians church to
Redeem the time because the days are evil
This is a really interesting little verse. Some versions translate it as making the most of every opportunity.
Just as yesterday I encouraged you to pay careful attention to your walk, today, take that attention and take it a step further…. Make the most of the opportunities that come your way… Redeem the time you have.
The word “redeeming,” means “to purchase; to buy up” from the possession or power of anyone; and then to redeem, to set free – as from service or bondage. Here it means, to rescue or recover our time from waste; to improve it for great and important purposes.
So when it comes to our time we have a choice whether to waste it or use it.
The Barnes commentary describes those who redeem their time. They are people who use their time:
(1) in gaining useful knowledge;
(2) in doing good to others;
(3) in employing it for the purpose of an honest livelihood for themselves and families;
(4) in prayer and self-examination to make the heart better;
(5) in seeking salvation, and in endeavoring to do the will of God.
Paul encourages the Ephesians and us to use every opportunity to use our time well because the days are evil. Opportunities for living as children of the light will not always be easy, we will come across persecution and oppression for believing in Jesus so we should redeem and use every opportunity while we have them.