How did you react to the title? Some would apply the phrase as a "I-told-you-so" epithet (as in "it's about time!"). Others might see a more Biblically purposeful idea, as in "Walk in wisdom . . . redeeming the time" (Colossians 4:5). Perhaps, however, you might want to consider a Biblical futuristic focus: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16). Time is the one resource available to each of us. How we use it may be the most carefully scrutinized "work" evaluated by our heavenly Judge.
"Redeeming" (buying back) Time
Viewing time is paradoxical. In one sense, time "flows" from the future, through the present, into the past. Our practical experience is that we are "riding" time from the past, through the present, into the future. God instructs us to "buy back" time through wisdom and "circumspect" (precisely straight) behavior. Certainly this applies to our character and our lifestyle. The Scriptures promise more "time" to those who obey God (Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 3:2; Psalms 34:12-16; I Timothy 4:8; etc.). These instructions also involve our resources, personal wealth, and earning potential (Luke 16:9; Galatians 6:7-8; Matthew 25:35-40; II Corinthians 9:6; etc.).
The Will is the cornerstone. This is the basic document to secure your heart's intent for your family and for your Kingdom responsibilities. Please be sure that you have executed this important matter.
Trusts are major tools. These broad instruments permit transfers of properties, instructions to executors, gifts of assets (both current and future), and prevention of a State-ordered disbursement of your wealth. They can be simple or complex, contained in a single document, or multiplied many times.
ICR has an introductory booklet available for your review entitled, "Reflecting on Tomorrow." If you have not yet evaluated your basic estate plans, please send for this booklet. It will help you consider what may be important for your personal "redemption" of time.