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Making the Most

Words of Faith Final

Making the Most

Words of Faith 4-1-2021

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2021

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Ephesians 5

[15] Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, [16] making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.


      The word here means literally "walk."  Be very careful how you walk is a reference to careful living.  And the Greek word translated "carefully" is one of ten synonyms for the idea of being perfect.   The point here is not to be "perfect" but to look carefully as we walk.  This verse could be translated, "Walk precisely and exactly." The image is not one of debilitating caution but rather a walk like that of a watchful, careful and precise cat.   

      Have you ever watched a catwalk in a precarious situation?  In several places around Jerusalem, a property is protected by a high wall, and the top of the wall is embedded with broken glass to keep intruders from climbing over it.  A cat can sometimes be seen walking along the top of such a wall very precisely, carefully, and circumspectly. It picks up one paw and carefully places it where there is no glass. When that paw is in place, the cat reaches forward gingerly and tentatively with the next one.  This is the sort of careful walk to which we are called.

      Of particular concern is the careful use of our days.  We are to make the most of our time, literally redeeming it as if ransoming it back from a captor.  There no question but that an Enemy seeks to take our time captive and makes the days evil. Days cannot be evil if used in the manner in which the Lord planned and intended.  We "buy back" the time of our lives when we make the most of every opportunity and avoid the traps that so easily snare us.

      The truth is that Jesus redeems us, but only we can redeem our time.  It is good to evaluate periodically.  Am I making the most of my days, hours, conversations, evenings, weekends?  Am I making the most of my resources and influence?  Am I looking for opportunities to share the love of Jesus?  To encourage a brother or sister in the Lord?  To praise or glorify the Lord?  To invest in someone's eternity? To greet or welcome someone into the family of God? To meet a need?  To serve?  To give the reason for the hope that is in you?


      Father God, thank You for redeeming my soul.  Thank You for paying the price to buy me back from captivity to sin in the world.  Give me wisdom to walk carefully and so redeem the days that You have given me to live and glorify You.  In Jesus' Name.