October 7, 2008 - Tuesday of the 20th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Ephesians 5:15-21

Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:10-25; Matthew 9:18-38

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Time is a funny thing. Unlike money or health, we all get the same amount - 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week. No one gets more or less. What we do with those 148 hours each week is another matter. We can use it for work, for worship, for play. Or we can sit around and get drunk or high and pass out and waste that time being wasted. Does that seem like a good use of time? If you think so, you are not being wise.

Christ didn’t hang on a cross so that we could indulge ourselves in sexual immorality and drunkenness. He died on a cross to save us from our immoralities and drunkenness and all the other ways we participate in the death of Adam. Christ took humanity’s old song of sin and death and gave us a new song of Spirit and life. He died “one time for all times” to redeem the time in which we walk so that though the days are evil, they might be filled with forgiveness, life, and salvation.

There are better things to do with the precious time we have than to indulge the lusts and desires of the sinful flesh. You have a vocation, a calling from God, His gift whereby you become a gift to others, whether mowing the lawn, taking care of the kids, baking bread, working, worshipping, playing in communion with those God has placed near you.

Instead of being drunk with spirits, we have the Holy Spirit with unbounded joy. Instead of the tired old songs of this world that extol death and darkness, we have psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, the melody of salvation that God has laid in our baptized hearts. And we have thanksgiving - life as “eucharist” (“eucharist” means thanksgiving), giving thanks always and everywhere for everything to the Father in the name of Jesus. It is good and right to do so.

Lord God, heavenly Father, grant us wisdom to make good use of our time as your redeemed children, and put the new song of salvation on our lips that we may live thanksgiving-filled lives to the honor of your Name, for Jesus’ sake, we pray. Amen.