We should live each and every day with the expectation that God wants to use us in some special way to do His perfect will. It is with this thought in mind that Paul encourages us to pay attention to how we live.
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:17)
In other words, seek to always know God’s will in every circumstance and situation. By doing so, you and I can be a part of God’s perfect plan and bring Him glory and pleasure.
Paul elaborates on this thought with these words of encouragement:
“Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret… So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:10-20)
God will give us many opportunities to serve Him, but in order for us to see them, Paul tells us that there are several things we must not do, and other things that we must do.
We must not be:
Participating in things that are evil and full of darkness
Living foolishly and out of touch with God and His Word
Intoxicated with the world’s wine
We must be:
Carefully examining every situation in order to determine what pleases the Lord
Continuously under the control of the Holy Spirit
Praising God in our hearts and with our lips
Perhaps today the Lord will give many of us the opportunity to do something significant that will bring Him glory. It may be caring for someone who is hurting, or encouraging someone who is down. It may be praising His name before others, or even better, it may be telling someone for the first time about Jesus.
The opportunities will be there, so let’s go out looking for them.