¹⁴For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” ¹⁵Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, ¹⁶making the most of your time, because the days are evil. ¹⁷So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Paul calls on you
● To be careful on how you walk (vs. 15)
Because the present days where you are living in, are evil (vs. 16) and morally corrupt, you must be vigilant about the way you think and act.
● To walk wisely (vs. 15)
Unless you consciously choose to act wisely, you will easily be trapped in following the majority, and like them, do what comes naturally, and go along with cultural influences
● To make the most of your time (vs. 16)
It is not without reason that the apostle calls on you to make the most of your time (vs. 16).
Our Lord gives each of us 24 hours per day, and in that time various opportunities to participate in His plans for us.
● Not to act foolish (vs. 17)
However many of us, instead of considering the will of God for our lives, are squandering our time with useless things we like to do.
Just think of the amount of time you use for these things (taking in the bad things from the Internet?) compared to reading your Bible.
● understand what the will of the Lord is (vs. 17)
The will of the Lord is, in its broadest sense, that you will become the person that He created you to be, and to do the work He has planned for you to accomplish.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them.
Knowing this, you should look at every decision you take with consideration of whether your choice will further, or hinder our heavenly Father’s purpose for your life.
To live thoughtlessly outside of His will is foolish.
The Lord wants you to walk wisely, so you can enjoy all of the marvelous benefits that He promised you in His Word.
Be aware of the fact that wasted time and opportunities, can never be reclaimed.
Therefore commit yourself to make each and every day count for Jesus, instead of merely living for yourself.
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