Scripture tells us we should be “redeeming the time, for the days are evil.” Our days certainly are evil; just read the news! Sometimes I think life is brimming over with evil, illness, death, injustice, malice, and sadness. God looks down on our planet and sees all this too.
And He says, “Redeem it!’ Make up for the evil, rescue and save the times that seem so evil. Use them for good instead.
Have you ever thought of the good things we can do on this fallen world, that we won’t be able to do in heaven? Good things that we do, because we’re surrounded by sin?
Our few days on this world are our last opportunity to: forgive, have compassion, overlook offenses, compensate for injustice, strive for righteousness, be humbled by our sin, be cared for in illness, miss those who have died, love in spite of ugliness, tend to the elderly.
I could go on and on. We will do none of these things in heaven.
When we do these things, however, we invest in heaven; we make spiritual currency. Particularly in relationships, I can’t help but think that we nurture relationships with each other on this evil world, in this evil time, in ways that we won’t be able to do in the next life.
The kindnesses we do, because the world is evil, are opportunities we have for a very short time. Make the most of it.