Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Therefore be very careful how you live — not as unwise but as wise,
taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding
what the Lord's will is. (Eph 5:15-17)
Living on the alert means approaching life with eyes wide open to every opportunity and challenge. The problem is, not every opportunity comes with a label that says “Here I am!” More often, opportunities hide in the midst of trials. It takes a persevering and discerning spirit to know the blessing within the experience and an enlightened heart to know the way out while optimizing the challenge. Bro. Paul advices us to be careful how we live, applying wisdom to every opportunity. The short-cut is to apply GOD’s wisdom in every situation.
This is easier said than done. To read and meditate on the Scriptures is easy but for the Word of GOD to become alive to your particular situation is another thing. Before any Christian can expect to be guided closely by the HOLY SPIRIT, he must ask himself, “Do I have any sin that hinders or have I grieved the HOLY SPIRIT in any way?” If the answer is yes, then repent – repent towards GOD and repent towards the person you have offended. The Scriptures is a clear guide to GOD’s moral standard. And GOD, himself, promised to guide the believer through clear directions. That is, if our spiritual ears are listening to the gentle voice of the HOLY SPIRIT.
Life is simple, but oftentimes we clutter it with so many concerns that are not really crucial to our spiritual walk. We tend to worry about too many things. Too many, “What ifs?” and hypothetical assumptions, which usually come to nothing. So Bro. Paul says, “Don’t be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the LORD’s will is.”
Along the journey, the road is narrow and rough and it leads to winding streets lined with so many flickering lights beckoning the pilgrim’s attention; attempting to waylay the unsuspecting. Remember, the days are evil; so be very careful!
A new acquaintance recently told me, “I’m so lonely. I want to find the right man and get married.” She mistook marriage as the solution for her loneliness. I told her, “You need the LORD YESHUA. Only He can give you significance and security. Only He can give you total satisfaction.” She promised to read the Gospel of John and get involved in a Bible study. There are so many lonely people who are looking for the “cure.” GOD is calling them but most of them don’t know it. I believe GOD sent me to make that girl aware of GOD’s call in her life. I will be praying for her.
In the end, every person must determine what he/she wants in life. Do you want a temporary bandaid solution or do you want a permanent one? To be or not to be, that is the question!