Monday, March 24, 2014

Be Wise

Be very careful, the, how you live--not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16

If you wrote a list detailing how you spend the majority of your day, what activities/responsibilities would it include?  Now if you wrote a list of your priorities, what /who would that list list include?  Lastly, if you took both lists, do they coincide?  Do you spend your time on your priorities?  If not, the Bible offers us encouragement.

The first truth we see in the above verses is a warning to be careful.  Time is a valuable God-given resource (This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24) that can never be recovered/replaced.  If we wasted time, it is gone--forever.  Unfortunately, we can take time for granted assuming it will always be there (James 4:14-15).  but it won't   One day each of us will step into eternity and the sum of our days here on earth will end.  Look up at you first list.  Are those activities of eternal value or are they the squandering of time?  Be careful how you live.  

The Bible tells us not live as the unwise.  How do they live?  The unwise squander time.  Having no concept of time, they waste their time and yours, if you let them.  They invest their time on temporal things.  Theirs is a constant chasing of the wind.  Their eyes roam to the ends of the earth (Proverbs 17:24).  They lack vision and purpose.  They have unrealistic expectations.  Because their minds are so earth minded (Colossians 3:2), they assume things will continue as it has since the beginning (2 Peter 3:3-4).

We are to be wise knowing that the day of the Lord will appear (2 Peter 3:10), therefore let us make the most of every opportunity.  How can we accomplish this?  Grab your second list, the one with your priorities.  Are they congruent to what God states should be your priorities (Matthew 6:33)?  If loving the Lord your God is your top and only priority, everything will flow from there because we need Him for everything.  He must be our everything or He will be our nothing.  Being a wife, mother, homeschooler, pastor, teacher, etc. are all important, but they can never and must never be above Jesus (Mark 12: 29-31).

His will is for us to know Him (John 17:3).  Therefore let us spend our time getting to know Him. Irregular and infrequent prayer and study of His Word won't do.  Eliminate everything on your first list that robs God's time for you to seek Him.  Turn off the gadgets and tune in to HIM-your Savior, Healer, Deliverer, your Life!

Once you have gone to Him first for rest, refreshment, and refinement, then all your other priorities will be done with His love, wisdom, and strength.  We won't have to depend on our strength which is really nonexistent.  We will use our time wisely enjoying fellowship with His Holy Spirit while speaking with our husbands, teaching our children, and serving the Lord.  We will be storing up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).  

No longer will we be exhausted at the end of the day with nothing to show for it other than a day wasted in fleshly pursuits.  We will be wise women building our homes and not foolish ones tearing them down (Proverbs 14:1).  We will watch over the affairs our household and not eat the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27).   Let us make the most of every opportunity to know Jesus and share Jesus knowing that the days are evil.

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me.  Night is coming, when no one can work.  
John 9:4)