Wise Up, Part 2
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:15-17, NLT)
We can either live like fools or like those who are wise. There is no third option. Living wisely involves making the best use of the time we have been given. Because the days are evil, we are to make the most of every opportunity; literally, “redeem or buy back” time. Instead of wasting the seasons, occasions and opportunities in our lives, we are to rescue them from loss and maximize each one of them. To do this we must have clarity on what’s truly important (understanding what God wants) and then commit to it wholeheartedly.
And what is this that’s truly important? Jesus summarized it for us in Mark 12:30-31. He said the most important thing we can do with our lives is love. The most important thing we can do with our time is to worship God and serve others. Rick Warren put it like this: “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” Said Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:3 (The Message)
Please don’t waste your current season and situation by being self-centred. Whatever your situation is (pain or singleness or difficulty, or happiness), make the most of it by focusing not on yourself or the situation, but on Christ and what He wants. Use your current season to worship God by submitting to Him; let Him run your life because He can do much good with it more than you or anyone else. Sing to Him instead of complaining. Give thanks to Him instead of being discontent. Then serve others and share what you have with them.