“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
Everyone wants their life to mean something. We were created with an innate desire for significance. Sadly, many settle for a shadow purpose, a secondary, lesser meaningful purpose that satisfies temporarily. People who do not walk carefully making the best use of their time will walk through the valley of the shadow of death with much regret.
We must walk carefully, paying attention to each step. If a step isn’t taking you toward your purpose, then turn around. Every step leads somewhere and not every place is a place we want to be. Maybe it’s time to pay attention to the steps you’re taking… are they leading you to a shadow cause or your real purpose?
Understanding the Lord’s Will isn’t that difficult or so this passage seems to indicate. If we pay attention to our steps and use our time wisely, we can accomplish His Will. What we must be careful of is not being distracted by a shadow purpose that seems “good enough” because we are being foolish. The difference between being foolish and wise in this passage seems to be the use of time and making decisions.
How is your use of time?
Are you making good decisions?
Are you chasing after something that is a mere shadow of what God really wants?