Finish Strong  1/24/2018

Ephesians 5:15

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.

 

While this verse contains only two lines, it gave me a lot to chew on. At first I found more questions than answers and looked deeper into the Word for the resolution.

 

How can we understand the Lord’s will?  Romans 12:2 tells us the answer lies in renewing our minds.  Reading the Word renews our minds; that transformation produces the effect of knowing the will of God by the Spirit. We’ll know what is God’s best for us and not just our own way which may initially seem right to us.  When we know the will of God, we operate in His authority and a driving sense of urgency.

 

How do we live carefully and with wisdom?  James 1:5 tells us: ask God.  What areas of your life could use God-sized wisdom? Transitions and new seasons often come with a need for clarity beyond what we see with our eyes. I love the Lord and His willing nature to give without being annoyed at us for asking. We have a generous God; He delights in us!

 

I am grateful the Word doesn’t just show us a list of “don’ts”, as was the case under Old Testament law.  Now, under grace–with the help of the Holy Spirit–the Word tells us plainly DO be filled with grace and the Spirit.  Know how to speak to one another; as we are taught in Ephesians 5:17-20: “with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God …” This is how we live in wisdom.

 

How do we make the most of every opportunity?  Colossians 4:2-6 instructs us to devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful, and praying that God may open a door for our message.  These open doors are opportunities for us. When we have them, we’ll want also to have the answer: Jesus.

 

It’s time to pick up the pace!  Let us then proclaim clearly the gospel, through the story of our lives.

 

~Becky Richmond

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