Monday, November 5, 2012

Making the Most Of Every Opportunity

I don't know if you have noticed but there is a sense of urgency in the Spirit. Time is growing short for this world. We can celebrate that because our great desire is to go home, but there is also a lot of work here left to do. If it was just about us we could sit back and relax. But it isn't about us. It's about all those lost in the darkness, who have no idea what is coming.

We are told in the Word:

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)

If we have been fooling around with our life, not taking our responsibilities seriously, it is time to set the foolishness aside. We have to be wise and look for every opportunity the Spirit creates for us to tell others about Jesus. We have to be obedient in the mission we all share. There are billions of people counting on us to allow Jesus' glory to shine through us.

There is only one thing that should occupy us these days:

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:17)

Anything you do outside of our Lord's will is a waste of time and opportunity. The last thing we want to do when Jesus returns is realize that we have wasted our life. What a sad day that would be.

So we should take stock of what we are doing with our life. What are we filling our days with? What occupies our thoughts? What are we pursuing? What are our desires? Have we checked them against Jesus? Do we even understand our mission? Are we giving priority to the will of God?

If we have been immature it is time to grow up. If we have been selfish it is time to die to ourself, take up our cross and follow Jesus. If we have been distracted it is time to refocus on Jesus. Whatever has divided us has to be caste aside. It is time for God's army to be mobilized around the world or the sake of the world. We don't have much time left.

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