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Living For More Than Self

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S – “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

O – We should take careful thought about how we walk, how we live our lives, and not just foolishly trip along, not examining our actions. We need to be wise and make the best use of our time not wasting it just living for the moment, living for ourselves. To make the best use of our time is to understand the will of the Lord. This is imperative because the days are evil. This is not Leave it to Beaver. These are evil days. People are suffering on earth, dying, and going to hell. We can’t just skip through life picking out paint colors, and drinking tea. There’s something greater going on. It’s not sinful to enjoy the gifts we have, but it is sinful to pretend that’s all there is to life. There will be no reward in heaven for just enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

A/P – Father, I need this truth in my life. I need to live for more than just taking care of our house, decorating, shopping, cleaning, eating, and going my merry way. I know this isn’t all there is. I know people all around are hurting. I know so many in the world don’t have the gifts I do. I don’t want to live like the “princess in the tower” or the “girl in a bubble”. Open my eyes to see, to give, to sacrifice, and to be willing to serve. Thank you for all the gifts you have given me! Thank you for the privilege to learn, study, and grow. Thank you for your love.

This is a message straight to me, to my heart. I pray God will help me move beyond where I am and live more wisely. 

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Opportunity is Knocking

 

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

Paul challenges us here to be careful [take heed, look, beware, see, walk circumspectly] and to be wise. Not plowing ahead blindly without looking where we’re going or even taking thought of where we want to go. We need to seek wisdom and not be foolish. The wise person looks around them and is aware of what’s going on. We need to open our eyes and make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil! Not wearing blinders, not putting our heads in the sand. We need to see the evil in the world, see the opportunities God gives us and make the most of them by using them to do good, to share truth and to shine the light.

It’s easy to walk with blinders on and pretend that what I see right in front of me is all that’s real. But the truth is the world is full of evil and corruption and it’s dying. The world is groaning, longing to be free of its curse. I need to walk with my eyes open and be aware of what is true and SEE the opportunities God brings.

I missed an opportunity this week. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that the same woman came into my path two days in a row but I put my blinders on. I didn’t listen to God and respond. I can’t know what would’ve happened if I’d made the most of that opportunity but I can learn and be ready the next time.

Dear Lord, I want to walk wisely; I want to make the most of the opportunities you give me. I know how evil this world is. Open my eyes Jesus. Please help me make the most of the opportunities you give me.

What opportunities will God bring to us today? Are we ready?

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