“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” – Ephesians 5:15–16
Imagine if we had a Category 5 hurricane barreling down on us and all the local news media stations were giving us notice to evacuate. You know that time is of the essence. With one hour to load up the family and any belongings before leaving town, what we spend our time on would reveal our priorities. We would not be worried about recording our favorite shows, downloading some new apps, or going to the gym to work out. We would use every minute to get the house ready for the storm and our family ready for the journey ahead. Spiritually speaking, we need to prepare for storms. Sin has caused the world we live in to be broken. Because of sin in our world there is evil which causes storms, devastation, and desolation.
God’s Word tells us that we need to make the best use of our time because the days are evil. This means we need to take care of the people around us by making sure they know the truth of the gospel of Christ. We have to do our best to make sure that everyone knows that in the midst of the storm of evil, Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Jesus is the Savior that can sustain us and protect us. Beyond our words, we need to evaluate our actions. We need to watch what we say and how we say it. We live in the victory of Jesus’ defeat of sin, not weighted down by guilt and shame. Because we do not have much time, we must use the time we have to the glory of God. We need to live differently, speak differently and act differently.