Ephesians 5:13-17
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
“Remember now thy Creator
in the days of thy youth …”
Jesus told His disciples that they were the light of the world and they were also salt. His remark was an obvious metaphor. The Apostle Paul added here that all things that were reproved were manifested by the light. He cited Isaiah 60:1 to show that Christ gave light. Light in this sense are truth and holiness, leading one to the right path in life.
Paul urged his readers to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” How they used their time was one thing that would determine if they were wise or foolish. Wisdom tells us to spend our time well and productively. The world around us has perfected the use of time as they are motivated by monetary gain. If all servants of the Lord will adopt their example for heavenly gain much will be achieved. The saying that an idle mind is Satan’s workshop is true, thus we need to be constantly occupied. God does not make us to be idle but to be active and productive. Paul also commanded the Thessalonians that if any would not work, he should not eat (2 Thess 3:10). God has endued man with intelligence and he will know that he has to labour to earn a living. Christians must be in the forefront in setting an example to the world, and not vice versa. Their diligence must be seen wherever they are so that they can be a testimony of the light of Christ.
Paul then urged his readers not to be unwise but to know what the will of the Lord was. When confronted with unusual circumstances, a child of God must be able to make quick decisions and find a good solution. Paul grew up as a Pharisee; their principles in many cases defeated common sense. The priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan had that rigid spirit and could not help a needy man. On the other hand, the Samaritan acted wisely with love and saved that robbery victim. Let us demonstrate our faith by keeping Christian principles.
THOUGHT: Sinful habits dim the light of Christ in us.
PRAYER: Lord, may I always make wise decisions.