What would you do if you were told you had only one day to live? What thoughts would go through your mind? Finish that last task on your to-do list? Spend time with that special loved one and your family? Enjoy your favorite dinner? There is only so much you can do in 24 hours, of course, so this is a serious—though hypothetical question.
Maybe it would be helpful to consider Paul's advice to the Ephesians in today’s reading: “. . . be careful how you live. . . . Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for his purposes (vv. 15-16). Perhaps that was Paul's way of saying, "Seize the day!"
If you logged your waking hours tomorrow, what would it include?
As in Paul’s day, we too “are living in evil times." And like the early church believers, we must not ignore what's going on in the world around us, hoping it will somehow disappear or that it's all just a very bad dream. Rather, we should be trying to make a difference in the lives of the people we encounter at work, at school, in the mall, or at the club. Paul advises that if we live wisely and with understanding, we “will have discernment to fully understand God’s will."
What are you doing each day to understand God's will, so you can impact others during these "evil times?"
The temptation for some might be to spend their last 24 hours in a bar, drowning their last day in a bottle, hoping to die in unconsciousness. Once again, Paul has something to say to such a thought: "And don’t get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead, be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit." Do you understand what Paul is saying here? Don't be controlled by some earthly substance you can ingest; rather, be controlled by the Holy Spirit. And look what follows! And your hearts will overflow with a joyful song to the Lord Jehovah (vs. 19)
Assuming you haven't been told you have only so many more days on the earth, what are you doing to "make the most of every opportunity?" Opportunity for what? Each of us will have different opportunities. Even if you're unable to leave home, there are ways you can impact someone else. Everyone needs to be encouraged. We all need each other. Opportunities are everywhere. So, rather than log what you did at the end of the day tomorrow, make a list of ways you can "make the most of every opportunity tomorrow." Paul instructs us to "Always give thanks to Father God for every person he brings into your life in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And out of your reverence for Christ, be supportive of each other in love" (vv. 20 & 21).
Don't let tomorrow go by without making the most of every opportunity to bless someone.
Seize the day!
(Scripture verses are taken from The Passion Translation®, BroadStreet Publishing®)
jbd & gmd