Careful living is not optional but essential for those Christ-followers who intend to make a difference. If the Apostle Paul described the first century as being a period of ‘evil days,’ how much more might he describe our world? The evidence of the wickedness of the human heart fills each day with shocking headlines.
“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.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
In Paul’s thinking, and in biblical categories, there are two ways to live–wisely and unwisely. Wise living is evidenced with careful choices, carefully calculated time management, an awareness of the spiritual realities of one’s cultural context and a comprehension of the Lord’s will throughout the process. Unwise living demonstrates itself with careless choices, wasted time use, an ignorance of spiritual realities and the Lord’s will.
So let’s ask ourselves some heart-searching questions –
1) How carefully do we live each day?
2) What opportunities has God set before us? How are we using those opportunities?
3) How may we live ‘counter-culturally’ in a culture that demonstrates a sea change in values?
4) What principles should be follow to determine whether a choice is wise or foolish?
Praise God that when we lack wisdom, as we so often do, we may ask Him and He will grant it. Foolish people may become wise by God’s grace.