February 28, 2007, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Leadership

By Walt Alexander

Men, in studying for Fuel Group this morning, I stumbled upon a striking understanding of time in Ephesians 5. It’s a familiar passage, but I fear an all too unfamiliar distinction.

Ephesians 5:15-17

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Familiar passage, right? Don’t be evil. Don’t waste time. Blah blah blah….

Let’s consider two things:

1. Context. Throughout these two chapters, Paul is teaching the Ephesians what it means to walk and to live like a Christian within our daily life, within daily interactions, within relationships encountered daily. He informs them to put off the old self (4:22) and to put on the new self (4:24). He tells them to put away falsehood (4:25), corrupt speech (4:26), and bitterness (4:31). He continues by unpacking what is not even to be named among them – all sexual immorality, all impurity, all covetousness, filthiness, foolish talk, or crude joking (5:3,4). He reminds them that the people who do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God (5:5). Simply put, they won’t be in heaven. They will perish. Then, he warns them not to associate with them – with these men of darkness – lest they become like them. See, they too were once men of darkness, but now they are light in the Lord. They are children of light. They must now live to please Him (5:10). They must walk as children of light (5:8). Furthermore, they must expose darkness (5:11).

2. Meaning. Paul’s intention here is much more radical than a call to productivity. It is a call to please the Lord. We must look carefully how we walk, because how we walk reveals who we serve. Managing our time is much more than conquering a checklist. It is battle between light and darkness, between pleasing God and pleasing our flesh and the god of this world.

Men, we must manage our time to please the Lord and to evade the darkness of this world. We all were once children of darkness, ensnared and enslaved to the pleasures of our flesh, having no desire for God. We were God’s enemies. But God transformed us. He raised us from the dead, forgiving all of our sin through the cross of Christ. He gave a new life, a life of light. Let us not return like a dog to his vomit, to our dark sinful ways, to the desires of the flesh. Let us live to please Him who bears the scars and bore the shame. This means every day (dare I say every hour or every minute) is crucial. Let us please Him!


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it came out to be, that she wasn’t the girl for m. Stacy Fabian.

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you had me suicidal, suicida. Gautam Asaf.

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