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. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-20 (NIV)
Making The Most
That’s exactly what I want to do. What’s that? I want to make the most of every opportunity. I don’t want to waste time. I don’t want to misspend my life. I don’t want to go where I should not have gone. I don’t want to do what I should not have done. I want my life to have been well used by you. At the end of my life I will want to know with certainty that I have known and done your will. Anything less than that will have been a waste of time and a misspending of my life. It is very good that you have this desire in your heart. Where do you think this desire has come from? This desire certainly did not originate with me. This desire has come from you. You want me to well use my life in your service. That’s true. You have caused this desire to burn hotly in my heart. That’s right. Do you believe that I am both the giver and granter of the desires of your heart? Yes, I do. I believe that you will grant whatever desire you have placed in my heart. You would not give me a desire that you would not fulfill. No, I would not.
So, you have nothing to worry about? I would not say that. Why not? The world is an alluring place. My heart and mind and life are continually being bombarded by the thoughts, and opinions and values of the world. It is not difficult to get off track. It is easy to take missteps and head the wrong direction. I need to be vigilant. I need to be watchful. I need to be on guard. I must be reliant on you and not on myself. I must rely on your power and strength. I must ask for your wisdom. I must follow your direction. I must let you guard and guide my life. On my own, I cannot know and do your will. On my own I cannot well spend my life in your service. No, you cannot. So, every day I will ask you to fill me with your Spirit so that I can know and do your will. That will be very good. Then you will have nothing to worry about as you love, follow and serve me. Then you will make the most of every opportunity. Then you will have well spent your life by knowing and doing my will. Thank you Lord.
Holy Spirit, fill me afresh and fully so that I will be able to know and do the Lord’s will. Give me your power. Guide the work of my hands. Make full use of my life for the glory and kingdom of God. I will rely on you and not myself. Amen
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