“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17
Paul’s instruction to “see then that you walk circumspectly” is also translated “be very careful” or “pay careful attention, then, to how you live.” Paul is urging us to take a moment and consider how we live and why we make the decisions we make. Unlike what the world encourages, we aren’t to get caught up in the moment and simply do whatever feels right. The days are evil, so if we’re not careful we’ll end up giving our energy and time to temporary pleasures which will leave us empty and frustrated.
Rather than being obsessed with the present moment, we’re to wait and seek the will of the Lord. We do this not because we’re boring squares, but because we want to get the most out of our time here. That’s why Paul refers to walking wisely as “redeeming the time”. I love that he uses the word “redeem” because it reminds me of receiving a gift card and redeeming it in order to get something. I didn’t earn the gift card, nor am I entitled to the thing I’m redeeming. Likewise, the time we’ve been given in this life isn’t ours. We didn’t end up here due to our own efforts, nor do we know how much time we have, so why would we assume we know the best way to utilize it?
The only way we can make the most out of our time here is to seek the Author of it and understand what His will for our lives is. Like Jesus, our constant prayer should be, “Not my will, but Yours be done” and, “May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Please join us on Sunday as we open Ephesians 5:15-21 and discover that the best way we can seize the day, or “Carpe Diem”, is to seek the will of the One who is outside of time and has all of eternity in His sight.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!