According to Ephesians 5:15-16, making the most of every opportunity requires wisdom. Living “not as unwise but as wise” takes discernment, being careful in the choices we make.
Have you ever thought about why Ephesians 5:15 words our need for wisdom with both the negative and positive expression? Why not merely say “be very careful, then, to live wisely”? Perhaps God wants us to contrast the two ways we can use time for we will either live foolishly or wisely.
We might want to ask ourselves questions like the following that depict the contrast:
- Is what I want to do going to enhance life and not merely consume time?
- Am I truly meeting needs, meeting people where they are, or just oiling the machinery of status quo?
- Am I choosing the best of the choices or being satisfied with that which is mediocre rather than that which is excellent?
The Wisdom Needed to Make the Most of Life Comes from God
Let’s remember the Source of wisdom — God Himself. We must take time to get to truly know God in the fullness of who He is. Our hearts must be focused on the Lord because His character and ways define wisdom.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov. 9:10)
Let’s turn to the Source of wisdom. We must be people of consistent and persistent prayer if we are going make the most of every opportunity.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (Prov. 3:5-7)