Ephesians 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Well, there is no mistaking what Paul was telling the church in Ephesus. In verse 15 he tells us to ‘be careful’. This means to walk carefully or precisely. What happens when we hurry, hurry, hurry? I know what happens to me! I trip and fall!
I think we are all guilty at some point of living in the fast lane. We speak too fast, we judge too fast, we talk too fast and we react too fast. We even give an answer before we have even heard the question! Our plates are so full and we are moving quickly in the fast lane.
I’m all for being organized, but a Daily Planner is not what we need. We need to remember the words of the Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” When we slow down enough to get God involved in our lives, we will see that He can do more through us that we could ever accomplish on our own.
Verse 16 of Ephesians tells us to “make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Evil days? Yep, we’re in them, allright. But..when the world starts going haywire we have an incredible opportunity to display the light that is in us! And that light is Jesus Christ! The darker the world becomes, the brighter our light should become!
Verse 17 of Ephesians says, “therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” While we might wonder what the future holds in the short term, we know what our future holds in the long term.
Martin Luther King once said, ” We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Me too, Mr. King. I just want to do God’s will. And who knows? We just might be the generation that hears the trumpet of God……and I want to be sure my light is shining bright!!