One of my favorite movies growing up was the Karate Kid. As a child of the 80s, it’s one of the many classics in my opinion. Recently, I watched the series Cobra Kai which is set 34 years after the original Karate Kid film. Throughout the series, there are many flashback scenes, that immediately took me back to my childhood. As I was watching, I thought to myself, where did the time go?
Oddly enough, that thought led me to think of Ephesians 5:15-17, where Paul says, “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.”
This led me to ask another question: what am I investing my time in?
Paul is telling us that to make the most of your time is to make the most of your life. It’s funny, we’re reminded of time constantly- it’s on tv, radio, clocks, watches, etc. We are creatures of time. But how are we using it?
When Paul says be very careful in verse 15, he means to pay close attention of how we walk. To walk in this instance is one’s life and behavior. We must take an accurate assessment of our life walk (how we are spending time) and make sure it lines up with our Christian calling to live for His glory. Notice Paul says to conduct your walk as wise. True wisdom resides in God’s Word.
The Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”- Proberbs 2:6
Pastor Keith often reminds of the importance of being in scripture regularly, not just on Sundays. Many people today think of church service as a one-hour window on Sunday. But God never shuts down. To worship and gain understanding is to focus on His Word – and it’s available for us all the time.
In verse 16; Paul talks about making the most of every opportunity and the days being evil, meaning where we are (the world) and what time is leading to (day when we stand before God). Yet, time with God is often the thing that gets cut in order to make way for other things in life. I know I’ve missed out on countless blessings because I prioritized other things before Him. Don’t cheat yourself from blessings He has in store for you.
Our time is to be spent preparing not just ourselves, but others, too, for eternity. God has given us adequate time to do His will. He will not give you more than you can handle.
As believers of God, we have been given the gift of life- it’s up to us to use our time properly and walk wisely in it.