June 18, 2019
Ephesians 5:15-20 New Living Translation (NLT)
This morning I had to ask myself, “Mary, do you make the most of every opportunity?” Then, I had to answer myself honestly, “Yes” and “Not always.” “Yes,” I do a lot in the natural to get things done, because I wear so many hats of responsibility. “Not always” because it has only been in recent years that I have looked at everything I do in the natural with a spiritual eye to discern a way to bless God and further his Kingdom. I want everything about me and what I do to reveal to God and the world whom I worship and adore. I want to exalt my God with my life. I believe, if I lift up and exalt Jesus in my life, he will draw others to himself through me. With every aspect of my day, I seek to view it as a way to live as Christ. Yet, honestly, some days I do that better than others.
Always remember, everything you do has a spiritual opportunity attached to it, because we must choose to serve one of two masters: Wisdom—the Christ or Foolishness—the World. Every moment counts in a race; we are in a faith race with Christ to overcome evil in this world. When we lay our hands to any task or responsibility, we either glorify God, self, or the enemy. So, do you make the most of every opportunity? Press in to the Spirit who gives us the victory.
Ephesians 5:15-20 Living by the Spirit’s Power
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for everything! Lord, make me a vessel of worship each day, so I may bring you glory in whatever I may be doing. Holy Spirit, please give me spiritual eyes to see every task as an opportunity; lead the way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.