Redeem the time – Angus Buchan

This lockdown should never be regarded as a total waste of time. We as followers of Jesus Christ need to literally redeem the time. Yes, indeed, it’s time to seek the Lord!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” — Matthew 6:33.

This is not a time to sit and twiddle one’s fingers and hope for the “lockdown” to lift so that we can get on with our work. No, not at all; we need to use this valuable time to do some real heart-searching, to re-evaluate our stand with Christ first of all, and then with our spouse, children, and of course, business ventures, whatever that might consist of. We need to seriously do some spring cleaning, so to speak!

We must get rid of all the excess baggage we’ve accumulated over many years – both physical and spiritual. We need to “seek the Lord while He may be found” (see Isaiah 55:6). One good thing about this lockdown is the fact that we cannot run, because there is nowhere to run to.

We need to face up to facts, and more importantly, deal with them instead of trying to sweep them under the carpet or hide them beneath the busyness of our daily lives. Sit down with your wife, husband or children and talk through those hurtful things you’ve been hiding for so long, and deal with them.

Those work decisions that have been pushed to the back of the queue because you don’t really like confronting them need to be brought to the fore and dealt with now.

If we get really serious with Jesus by obeying Him, it will transform our lives and we will be able to start a brand-new chapter in our lives once the lockdown is lifted. We will walk lighter not having to carry the load of unhealthy issues.

Procrastination (to delay or postpone action) is a terrible drawback in a person’s life, especially if they sincerely desire to move forward with God! We know only too well the old adage that states, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. So we have absolutely no excuse to put off for tomorrow, what we can do today.

Jesus says: “If you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” — Matthew 5:23, 24.

So in effect, let’s clean up our act, settle all our debts, our relationships and outstanding commitments, and let’s get ready for the most exciting chapter in the history of the world when the lockdown is finally lifted and the greatest revival the world has ever seen, starts.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” — 1 Corinthians 2:9.

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