Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Redeeming the time

Finally have website and blog looking in a way that I am happy with. But it took time! And in honesty, one has to ask whether it was time well spent.

The Puritans used to speak of "redeeming the time" - that is, making the most of it, not wasting it. They saw every moment as a gift from God to be used for his service. Rest was necessary yes, because it meant recuperation ready for more service.

This surely resonates with Paul in Gal 2v20:
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
In other words, our lives are not our own. Our old selves have died on the cross, and our new selves are to be consumed every second with the life of Jesus.

God uses even our bad decisions and priority. So I pray now the sites are done they will glorify him. But they came through some repentance of perfectionism, of techno-fiddling to get things just right, of time used that could have been given to visiting, to prayer, to family.

In the days of the net, we must be cautious of the time we use. The task of building God's church is too urgent to be distracted from.

I hope to blog more on this sometime soon.