September 12, 2014

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of your time, because the days are evil.”    

Ephesians 5:15-16

Some recent headlines: “Russian strategic bombers near Canada practice cruise missile attacks on the US during training mission.”  “Virus hits kids across US”  “Migrant Crisis Hits US Border” The Benghazi scandal grows” “6.1 earthquake kills 400 in China” “CIA Insider Warns: 25-Year Great Depression to strike America”  “Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores.”  It’s one thing after another!  Before one crisis can be calmed, another rains down, from coast to coast, continent to continent …what do we do?

The advice and application from Ephesians 5:15-16 is applicable every moment of every day in everyone’s life! This is what we are to do!  Knowing that our God is faithful and that His love endures forever (Psalm 118:29) and that following Him closely will provide the best opportunity to make wise decisions is the best that any of us can do, day in and day out!

It was said of King David, “for David …served his own generation by the will of God” (Acts 13:36). And of Joshua it was said, “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua…” David and Joshua took what was given to them, understood the times in which they lived, and faithfully served their own generation by the will of God.

A leader recognizes the possibilities that their day offers for the expansion of God’s kingdom.  Of all the ages throughout history you could have lived, why did God allow you to be born at this time?   Are you discerning the days in which you are alive?  Do you recognize the unique possibilities that lie before you?

As a Christian who happens to be a husband, and parent, I strongly believe God calls me (as He does all men who are married with children) to live a life of dependence and satisfaction in Him so that my wife and kids as well as others see how grateful and satisfied I am in Him. I honestly cannot think of anything more exciting or challenging than to walk with Him. It’s certainly not easy to make the most of every moment of every day. My tendency is to be most concerned with my own comfort, even when I know how important it is to make the most of my time, which means to love God and others well each and every day!

Seize the opportunities God has provided and fully live the one life you have to the glory of God!

Tim Chastain