“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” [Colossians 4:5]
To “redeem” time, to make the most of it or to function at an optimal level requires a different lifestyle — a way of living life that is reflected in how you walk, what you think, what you say and what you do. Like a small hinge on a huge door, small incremental decisions of life – direct life. What you decide today is the groundwork for tomorrow. Jesus’s wisdom in our lives is the way of the Spirit and becomes a lifestyle of healthy growth and development.
Wisdom isn’t something that is here today and gone tomorrow. Wisdom is life in the Spirit, the way of the Spirit and the walk of the Spirit. As humans, our development is often in “fits and starts”, but once we enter into the way of wisdom, the investment — the ratio of giving and receiving — will reveal awesome results. For this reason Paul says, we “… have not ceased to pray and make special request for you, asking that you may be filled with the full, deep and clear knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom in comprehensive insight into the ways and purpose of God and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things—that you may walk, live and conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight acquaintance and recognition” [Colossians 1:9-10 AMP].
Intellectual acquisition, theological study or conventional wisdom will never bring this level of investment return, but we are encouraged through James: “If any man lacks Godly wisdom, let him ask for it!”
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-13; James 1:4-8