Tuesday, October 07, 2014

CONNECTED IN SERVICE: Understanding God's Plan for Service

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)

Yogi Berra said, "If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there."  Paul may not have expressed it that way, but he does remind us that God has a plan for our life, and we need to be progressing in His path.  The Apostle often refers to our life as a "walk."  When you walk, you are getting somewhere--steadily moving forward.  Is that an accurate depiction of your current experience with God?

One thing I know--God has saved you for you to serve Him.  His Spirit indwells you to gift you in that task.  Together, as the Body of Christ, we are to do His work in the world.  We must walk, "circumspectly"--carefully, because it is easy to stumble or be detoured.  The Devil is a master at that.

We have a roadmap--the Bible.  The wisdom of God is found in the Word of God.  We need to find out the will of God for us and get going today!  It is the height of folly to waste time.  Instead, we are to be "redeeming the time."  That is, we exchange the time of earth for the treasure of eternity.  Time lost is beyond recovery.  But, time given in serving Christ is safely invested in Heaven and accumulates interest until the end of time!   It will be an incredible payday!

There is much to be done, "because the days are evil."  It will be challenging work--a walk on the battlefield, as we advance in enemy territory--but we are on a Kingdom mission to rescue the fallen.  "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is."  Understanding the strategy mapped out in Scripture, it is time to move out in service.  Our Commander leads the way, and victory is assured!

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