I spent some time yesterday afternoon reading Jonathan Edwards' sermon "The Preciousness of Time and the Importance of Redeeming It", from Ephesians 5:16. It was preached in December, 1734, but seems tremendously applicable to today. Here, I want to summarize some of Edwards' main points, and in one or two subsequent posts I'll address some side issues it brings up.
Edwards' text for the sermon is part of Ephesians 5:16, which in the translation he used says "redeeming the time" (the NIV has "make the most of every opportunity"). He begins by pointing out that we ought to set a high value on time, and be very careful not to lose or waste it, because it is very precious. His first section moves on to explain why time is precious.