Buying back the time of our lives is a theme found specifically in Ephesians 5, and more broadly in the entirety of the God Story. It is almost as if all that is “redeemable” has been lost in the fall of Adam and Eve, and can only be recovered through our connection with Jesus.
Psalm 90 (previous post) was a psalm of Moses. It has some great insight about living a life that counts in earthly and eternal ways. Part of what Moses learned in his life was the view from 10,000 feet. We live and move and exist within the good pleasure of our Creator. We set our compasses, make our choices, and build our lives. Then we all “fly away.” It is that simple.
But Moses was also hopeful for what happened next. Where do we fly TO? The work of our hands defines us in this life, but also impacts our souls for the life to come. This is one of the key themes of the life of Moses. He certainly didn’t live mistake free, but he did live with a free heart.
We are able to “buy back” the time of our lives through intentional devotion to what is important to God. It is why we were given the God Story. Check out Ephesians 5:13-21. It is almost as if we need to awaken from our dream in order to find true value within our lives.
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”