You may remember the old beer commercial, “You Only Go Around Once In life. So Grab For All The Gusto – Schlitz Beer.”
Paul has a different opinion about what to do with the time we have on earth.
Ephesians 5.15-17 – Be careful, then, how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
One of my friends conducts a personal retreat once a year. He brings his Bible and a notebook to a quiet location and doesn’t leave until he has resolved two key questions.
(1) God, what do you want to accomplish through my life?
(2) What are the specific steps necessary to fulfill your purpose in me?
Answers to these two questions match Paul’s counsel in verse 15.
— He devotes a day to the careful examination of his life.
— He seeks God’s wisdom in planning.
— Planning his work and working his plan enables him to make the most of his time on earth.
The Most Out of Life – The Spirit’s Power
Steven Covey describes the person who climbs the ladder of success only to discover that it was leaned against the wrong building.
Many a person has determined the course of their lives separate from God’s guidance.
In addition, they attempt to live a good life apart from the enabling power of the Spirit.
The empowering presence of the Spirit is essential to getting the most out of life.
Ephesians 5.18 – Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.
A person who drives drunk is said to be “impaired.” Alcohol has changed their behavior in a significant way.
Contrary to being drunk, when the Spirit is in control of our mind, will, and emotions, we function at our highest level.
It makes no sense to have the Holy Spirit available to help us and then work in our own strength. Why do we so often fail to live “filled with the Spirit”?
You may be like me and find it difficult to surrender the leadership of your life to the Spirit’s guidance. Let’s surrender to the Spirit and see what being “filled with the Spirit” will do for us.
The Most Out of Life – A Grateful Attitude
“Happiness is a Choice” is the title of an excellent book and a recommended way to make the most out of life.
Ephesians 5.18-20 – Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to one another, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts,
Giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The active presence of the Spirit will affect our outlook on life. As the Spirit infuses our life with his presence, we will find ourselves singing praise to the Lord from the bottom of our hearts.
We will experience a life of gratitude, as the Spirit connects us intimately with the Father.
The reality of Romans 8.28 will dawn upon us, guided and empowered by the Spirit: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
A Personal Challenge
The major reason why I began writing a daily blog was to hold myself accountable to a daily study of the Bible. This passage has personally challenged me to make the most out of the life God has given me.
I have made some decisions today, based on Paul’s teaching and the thoughts I have concerning it.
Please join me in making concrete decisions that will allow you to make the most out of your life.
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