Ephesians 5:15-20

            “Act like people with good sense and not like fools.  These are evil times, so make every minute count.  Don’t be stupid.  Instead, find out what the Lord wants you to do.”  God’s Word is not just a nice collection of books; it is wisdom, and it is life.  A Christian who ignores Holy Scripture is like a race car driver who thinks he can enter a race with no pit crew or take any pit stops.  He won’t get very far.  In fact, it is downright foolish.
 
            We are exhorted to make every minute count, and to take the time to consider what God wants.  It is just plain common sense, as a Christian who follows Jesus, to take extended time for Bible reading, focused prayer, committed service in love, as well as taking regular Sabbath breaks in order to connect with God.  If this seems unrealistic, then the problem is that you are living with far too much stuff that is taking time, energy, and diversion away from finding out what the Lord wants you to do.
 
            We cannot use our time and resources wisely if we do not consistently interact with God.  Certainly, we are not all the same – one size does not fit all when it comes to how we read, pray, and live.  But we still must do it.  God gave us a book to read.  He is an invisible God who desires our prayers.  God has given us his Spirit in order for us to use our spiritual gifts for the benefit of others.  Pretending that any of these things is optional is, well, just stupid.  So today is the day, if you have not already done so, to make a plan for daily interaction with God. 
 
What have you done in the past that has worked for you?  Are you still doing it?  Can you do it again?  What changes must you make in your life to accommodate finding out what God wants you to do?  Are you currently being wise, or foolish?  What will you do?
 

 

            Wise God, I look to you for how to live, act, and speak.  I want to please you in every way by living according to the words and ways of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit.  Lead me in wisdom, truth, and grace.  Amen.

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