Victory Vitamin Blog – Ephesians 5:15-16

“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 NIV

 

Let’s start at the end of this verse and work our way back.  No arguments that the days are evil, right?  Take your pick of disheartening events here at home and around the world.  It’s sad, but we are to make the most of every opportunity to dispel the darkness of this world with the love and light of Jesus Christ, who loved us to the point of death.  A death that cleansed and pardoned us from sin.  How do we wisely make the most of every opportunity?  By being very careful how we live.  Keep your eyes open.  Be aware of your surroundings and when you see an opportunity to say something kind, or do something good, DO IT!  Don’t let opportunities to show the love of Christ slip away.  Jesus said that the greatest command is to love God most of all and love your neighbor as yourself.  By doing this, you may play a role in bringing someone to faith in Christ.  That will change not only the world in which we live, but it will change eternity for the person who comes to Christ.  Be careful how you lie.  Wisely make the most of every opportunity!

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 19, 2018 – Ephesians 5:16


Sunday Service Sneak Peek for August 19, 2018 – Ephesians 5:16

The Holy Spirit presents us with countless opportunities every single day.  Opportunities to listen, to serve, to witness. Our prayer today is that God would open our ears and eyes so that we make the most of every opportunity He gives us. Find out more this Sunday, August 19th at Victory Lutheran Church Worship at 9 AM.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Ephesians 4:19 NIV

“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.”

-Ephesians 4:19 NIV

I probably don’t need to tell you that bad things are on the rise in our nation.  The opioid epidemic, alcohol abuse, marijuana use is now socially acceptable, mass shootings are commonplace.  And all of this as religion, specifically Christianity, is being treated like it is actually the real scourge on society.  I propose that the teachings and example of Jesus are actually the cure to much of what ails our society today.  Many are using drugs and booze to fill a void that can only be filled with the love and forgiveness of Jesus.  People will try anything to find contentment and peace, even if it kills them.  I’m not saying Christians don’t have their struggles.  We too are susceptible to sadness, depression, despair and hopelessness, but under all of that there is a solid foundation.  The fact that Jesus loves us.  He loves all people so much that He took the proverbial bullet for us.  He died on the cross in our place.  He paid the price we should have paid.  That.  Is. Love.  We need not carry the burden of guilt and shame around with us any longer.  It’s been taken away forever.  We’re free to live lives of love, knowing that when this life is over there is the certainty of eternal life through Christ.  Those certainties give contentment and peace.  The love and forgiveness of Jesus fill the void in us that can’t be filled by anything else, and by sharing that message with others in our words and actions, we just might change the world.