RE-POST FROM JUNE 21, 2011
Ephesians 5:15-16-Wise or Foolish?
After receiving so much correspondence from people about the ungodly, unwise and foolish choices that are being made by their family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, children and grandchildren, I felt compel to repost this again today.
Ephesians 5:15-16-Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
These words written by Apostle Paul were written to Christians, through the direction of God the Father, are good advice for all of us. These words are medicine for our soul.
Apostle Paul’s argument in this text is very simple and clear. Paul exhorts us to do several things here. First he tell us to “Be very careful how we live and then he informs us that we have a choice as to how we can live this life. We can live it as wise in the eyes of the world and be Foolish or we can live it as wise in the eyes of God and truly be called Wise. He also exhorts us to use our time here on earth as one with Divine Wisdom because the days are evil.
There is a certain lifestyle that God expects each of us to live as believers of Christ. If we confess Jesus the Christ as our Lord and Savior, we all should ask ourselves, “How then shall I live?” How should I make the most of my time here on earth? Do i waste it or do I use it wisely?
Paul reminds us on today that we are the best reflectors to others of what a Christian should be. We are Christ Ambassadors here in the earth. The LIFE we live, the WORDS we speak and the SERVICE we render will reveal to others the kind of Christians we really are. It will also reveal who we represent ; God or Satan.
The world (foolish) would say eat, drink and be merry! God’s Word declares that a wise man fears and departs from evil. A wise man would say fear God. That is, reverence and honor God as Lord of all!
2 Peter 1:3 reminds us on this morning that God in His divine Wisdom and Power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. This power was given to us through knowledge of Jesus Christ, the one who called us out of darkness into His Marvelous light .
In other words, God has given us what we need to know how to obtain eternal life and what we need to know how to live godly lives. He did not leave us on our own inventions about what is right in His sight, but He gave us the instructions by which we must read and obey (Bible), and in doing so, we may truly be called “Wise.”
A “wise” man fears and departs from evil, making the most of his or her time here on earth. We know our life is just a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then vanishes. Here today and gone tomorrow.
What is the cost of your soul? Well, my soul is not for sale!!! To be called “Wise” by God requires the Christian Disciple of Jesus Christ to depart from evil-to forever leave it behind. Apostle Paul declares in Philippians 3:13-14—Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Are you willing to reach forward and not look back to the sinful pleasures of this world on today? Are you willing? If not, what is the price you are willing to pay for your soul?
The Apostle Paul gave a resounding echo when he told Timothy, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Repent and turn away from willful sin!
2 Timothy 1:9 says–For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time–to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.
If we as Christians are to begin to live the way God desires us to live, we must EXHIBIT the WISDOM of God, which is found in the Word of God. We must be on constant alert about how we are conducting ourselves, not as unwise people, but as wise people.
A foolish man doesn’t care how he conducts himself, but a wise man does. Careful living is the effect of real wisdom. Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount sets forth the pattern of Christian living for those of us who are citizens of His Kingdom. In Matthew 7:24- Jesus declares these words; “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.”
Why should we make the most of our time? Because the days are evil. Look around the world. Take a look at the newspaper, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, etc. Evil is present everywhere. We can bring it home! Look at our schools, neighborhoods, homes, communities, families and on and on.
Time is the one thing that can’t be bought, can’t be saved, and there will never be more time, than what you have now. The older we get, the closer we are getting to our death date. You nor I will ever be able to turn back the hands of time. You see, our days are allotted, God knows how many, and that’s all there are – and there is nothing that can change that fact.
While there are many reasons why one should make the most of their time, perhaps the best reason, is because God commands us to do it.
The question of how to make the most of our time is why we need Divine Wisdom from God. Knowledge tells you stuff, and it is important – but wisdom tells you how to use knowledge profitably. Divine Wisdom from the Holy Spirit not only tells you how to make the most of time, it also teaches us what the will of the Lord is and then give us the power to do it..
Remember: Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
The danger is that some of what has become normal to us is actually quite insane if you take a step back and look at things.
Today I want all of us, including me, to take a good look at the life we are living. If it is a life of the “Unwise”, take a look at the way you are driving or being driven around and recognize that it is not God at the steering wheel.
Who are you allowing to drive you around in life. The “Wise or the Foolish?” Believe it or not, we all are being driven by one or the other. We can deny it, get mad about it, reject it, curse it, lie about it or even turn away from it, but the truth still lies in the fact that one of the 2 is driving our lives. WHO IS DRIVING IN YOUR LIFE?
After your drive, where will your final destination be?? HUMMMM!!!
GOD BLESS AND DO TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!!!!
I love you all with the love of Christ!