Redeeming The Time

As many of you may have heard me say during one of the messages that I have preached at newhope, we are an athletic family. The Barreto children have been playing sports since they were able to stand on their own two feet.

Before COVID-19 hit, we ran at a pace that most families do these days, in fifth gear. With our kids playing sports, we had some type of activity going on every night of the week. But as soon as social distancing started we immediately pulled the emergency brake and put the social activity car in park. Having three teenagers and looking at the world through their lenses, it is as though the whole world had stopped and they began to ask, “What do we do now?” I think this is an important question we all need to ask ourselves during this season…”What do I do now?”

Acts 2:42 reads, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Family, I believe we have been allotted an opportunity, through a very difficult situation, to enjoy what the Bible calls “fellowship” with one another. I’m not saying by any means that God has inflicted COVID-19 upon our state, nation or world. But, I am saying that because of our country being advised to stay at home, it seems as though the Lord has allowed our families the opportunity to grow closer in relationship to one another, and to grow closer in relationship with Him as our Lord.

Personally, with my kids not having to wake up early in the morning for school, it is as though my morning time of prayer with the Lord has doubled! I want to encourage you over the next few weeks to ask God for ways to maximize your opportunities to grow in your fellowship – both with loved ones and with Him through His Word and prayer!

What a great way to live out Ephesians 5:15 which says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Pastor Benji often talks about redeeming technology. In the same way that we use technology at newhope to help people grow in their relationship with the Lord and especially in these times to stay connected, let’s take this time to personally grow in our relationship with the Lord and with our loved ones…redeeming the time! We miss you and love you. We can’t wait to see you online this Sunday at 8:45 and 10:45 am as we continue in the series, No Place Like Home, and celebrate Mother’s Day!

Grace and peace,

Keith Barreto
Wake Forest Campus Pastor

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