Walking Carefully (Eph. 5:15-16)

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."--Ephesians 5:15-16

We talked about putting off our old natures and putting on His new nature. We talked about dealing with our own anger before the day ends. Yesterday, we touched on watching what we say so that we only speak words that build up.

In each of these, we are disciplining our behaviors, our emotions, our words, so that Satan can not have the victory and so that God may be glorified and others edified. Today, we look at how we are to discipline our time.

Apparently, there is a wise way and an unwise way to steward our minutes. Our goal is not just to avoid the unwise way but to use them gainfully, in the best way possible.

Why? Because the days are evil. If we do not look carefully at where our time is going, it's going to get sucked up in things that are neither helpful or beneficial to God's kingdom.

I have found that this includes "good" things too. For good things can often be the enemy of the best. And God desires that we live each day to the best. Sometimes that means not getting everything on our to-do list done. Sometimes it means playing with our kids. Sometimes it even means saying no to things that are needful so that you can say yes to the things that are the most important.

For today:

  • Look at your schedule for today. Ask the Lord to show you what He thinks is most important. Then put that in right away. Ask Him to show you what can be cut out to make room for the things that are truly the best.