Ephesians 5:13-16

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Who do you serve?  Self or others?  If I were to inspect your checking account and your calendar, I would very easily be able to tell “WHO YOU SERVE”.  If we place our “treasure” in things like power, prestige, reputation, perception, popularity, control, success, self fulfillment, and possessions – we fail.  Christians are to have a higher view of their lives.  A calling.  A mission.

In the light of truth, how are your values exposed?  What would your family, friends, and colleagues say you value most?  What is your goal?

Does your life really look like the picture?  A warehouse of possessions.  Crates saving for the future.  Aren’t we supposed to have a strong 401k, a college fund, retirement savings, a reasonable mortgage?  Then, we can serve with our remaining resources…Right!? In this, we say “Christ is the Answer” but our witness to the world is really just a broken down old bus.  We think we have to take care of ourselves first and then try to serve.

No way!  Wake up!

We have been called to live “as wise, making the most of every opportunity”.  We have to show ourselves different from the world in the way we separate NEEDS from WANTS…and focus on the needs – not of ourselves, but others.  Galatians 5 tells us that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  WOW!    Are you making the most of every opportunity to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit?  Do you exhibit self-control in your life?  Does your life show it?  Does your checking account and calendar demonstrate it?

We are called, as Christians, to serve in every aspect of our lives.  In Business, Family, and Culture — CHRIST IS THE ANSWER.  We serve through the purposeful and joyous way we conduct our daily lives, in all that we do.  When the light shines on us, we need to reflect the glory of God, not our “treasure”.  We should always remember that our “possessions” are only on loan – all given by God.  He has given us all we have.  Our “pride” is in Him.  He has given us all we have – even the faith to believe.

Be careful, then, how you live.  Make the most of every opportunity to make wise choices.  Choose faith over fear.  Christ IS the answer.  Remember –  the days are evil.