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Buy Up the Time!

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

At the end of the year, we tend to consider time more closely. Another year has almost slipped away. A new year will soon appear on our calendars. We are especially aware of the passing of time. It is true, "We are swiftly turning the pages of life!"

As we "season," time becomes more precious.

I cannot get done all I map out to do. I seek daily to learn the lesson of Paul's simple admonition, "Redeem the time, because the days are evil." (Eph. 5:17).

The Greeks were sometimes more precise than are we. They had two words for time. Western culture mostly thinks of time as duration. The Greeks would use the word ‘chronos.' This word suggests time's length or brevity and may also refer to the date of an occurrence, whether past or future. The other Greek word, ‘kairos,' does not stress length or duration, but the features and opportunities of a time. The KJV often makes this distinction with "times and seasons." In Acts 1:7, the Father has set within his authority both times and seasons, controlling both when and what. Sometimes chronos is said to refer to quantity, kairos to quality.

This distinction helps us understand Paul's instruction to Timothy (2.4.2) to "be attentive in season and out of season...." Paul's word in Eph. 5:17 is kairos. Redeem the time. The days are evil. Seize the moment. You will not pass this way again. Do the good you can do. Excellent New Year's resolutions.

Buy up the time. Today is all we have!

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