|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”—Ephesians 5:15-16|
Aside from the opportunity that time offers each of us, we also have additional gifts of opportunities – no one is without a gift or talent. But alas, not all of us know what our talents are, and certainly very few know what to do with their talents.
So, how do we make the most of every opportunity, especially that of time and talent?
Proverbs 8:11 says, “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”. To know how to make the best use of our opportunities of time and talents, we need wisdom. Apostle James tells us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1: 5. God is the One who can direct us to apply our talents wisely and within the time that we have been given. With God’s guidance, we will be very direct and intentional in what to do and how, when, and why to do them. It will take us less time and effort to do the right things and do them well so that we can accomplish what might take us our entire lives to accomplish on our own. Let us get wisdom, from the All-Knowing, All-Wise God.
God is faithful, and will not leave us living like rudderless ships. He has the right map. Our responsibility is to be willing to follow and obey. There is no profit for a student to have good books or a good professor if he refuses to listen or follow what is taught, he will be as ignorant as someone who does not have any of these things. Our situation should not be like that with God, Who is the Ultimate Guide Who can direct our lives wisely and profitably. So, as we seek, we have the assurance that we will find, but we must also be ready to follow and obey.
Let us diligently avoid people, places, and situations that eat away at the time we should invest in being productive. Those who have no plan for their lives will have no good plan for ours, except to plan how we will waste our time with them. Whatever stage of life you are at now, make life count. Live, not as unwise, but as wise. Make the most of every opportunity.