Talk given at Poole High School for Poole Christian Fellowship on 10 August 2017
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Reference: Ephesians 5 v 15-17
Having spent time giving some very detailed instructions as to how God wishes his people to live in the light of their salvation, Paul now zooms out to give a wide-angled view of their approach to life.
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.
Here God tells us to:
1. Be Careful
Why would God tell us to be careful? We are saved, we are destined for heaven, we are secure…yet there us every reason to be careful! There are a host of things that could prevent us from being productive in our lives. We now have an opportunity to make our lives count – so Paul is urging us to give our energy to that which will make our lives count.
2. Be Wise
Wisdom is the application of knowledge that enable us to make good choices. We need to ask God to give us the wisdom to make choices that are good, that are righteous.
3. Make the most of every day
Literally the phrase “making the most of every opportunity”, means to “redeem the time”. We all have 86,400 seconds per day to make the most of. Some of us have huge choices as to how we use those seconds – some of us less so. But well all have choices. So once the time is gone it cannot be bought back.
So the overall, simple message of this passage is: be careful, be wise to make the most of every second of every day that God gives us. We are not to be foolish, but to understand how God wishes us to use our time, and to make decisions in the lights of that information.
4. Understand What God wants
So, what are the principles that should guide how we buy back the time that God has given us?
God has told us as a church that we are to commit ourselves to
“Loving Jesus….Loving His Church…..Loving the Lost”
Let’s make choices in the light of that mission.