“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
On April Fools Day it makes sense we should discuss wise-living verus foolish-living. Our focal passage today indicates the wise man “makes the best use of [his] time.” Time is an interesting concept—we all have the same amount of time, we cannot save it, and we always use it all up!
So, how are you using the time God has given to you? We should make the best use of time, as it says in the passage. Why? Because the “days are evil,” using time wisely is important.
Notice what Paul said earlier in this chapter, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
The best way to use your time is to imitate God and walk in love. We do this by reaching out to others and loving them in Jesus. We need to show the love of God to all those around us—this is a good use of our time!
Question: As you view your day-to-day activities, how would you say you are using the time God has given you? Are you using it wisely?
Challenge: As we approach Christmas and think about what Jesus did for us when He came to earth to save us, determine to use time this week to love others because He so loved us.
Prayer: Thanks you Lord for the time you have given me, help me to use it wisely and serve You by imitating You and loving others as You loved us!
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training