Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
What is on your schedule today? Most of us have a reasonable idea of what we plan on doing through the course of a given day. We understand that we may have to make some adjustments; nevertheless, we still have a plan. For many Christians, apart from spending some time in the Word, we often fail to consider what God’s plan is for the day. We plan to take our car to the mechanic to get it fixed; God may intend for us to go to the mechanic because the mechanic needs to hear the gospel. We plan on meeting a client in hopes of making a sale; God is vastly more concerned about the client’s spiritual condition.
We must keep in mind that God left us on this earth for spiritual purposes. I expect that most Christians would acknowledge that God has a divine plan for every single day of their lives. The question is: Do we live in light of that reality? Am I contemplating what God intends to accomplish both in and through my life each day? As I make my plans, am I considering the potential spiritual opportunities that God has in store?
Paul cautions us to be careful how we walk, not as unwise men but as wise. What a tragedy to “walk” through life, day after day, with little or no thought as to what God intends to accomplish. Wisdom says that we ought to be vastly more concerned about what God wants to accomplish in a given day than what we want to accomplish. We are to make the most of the time. That means that we must look for and recognize the opportunities God brings our way every day of our lives. A lack of ministry is not because of a lack of opportunity. It has more to do with a lack of awareness.
Paul then tells us to not be foolish. That is, do not be ignorant or without wisdom. He then tells us to understand what the will of the Lord is. How important it is for us to understand the priorities that God intends to be reflected in our lives. Read the rest of Ephesians and you will see these priorities clearly spelled out.
With all this in mind, pay attention! God certainly has divine plans for you today. Don’t miss them!