“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” [Ephesians 5:15-17]
“Make the most of every opportunity.” Sounds pretty simple and cliche, right? It is a term that we hear so often that it can sometimes lose its significance. But I want you to pause and put yourself in Paul’s shoes. Paul wrote the book of Ephesians (including this verse) when he was under house arrest in Rome for being a Christian. And how does he spend his time imprisoned? Writing letters encouraging other believers in their faith. That is an example of what it looks like to make the most of EVERY opportunity.
I don’t know what season or circumstance you are facing, and I’m not saying that if something hard is going on, you have to just drop it and act like everything is fine. What I am saying is that we only have a short time here on Earth, so we need to truly make the most of this time we do have. Life is a precious gift from God and as followers of Christ we are called to spend our life glorifying God in everything we do, and sharing Him with others. I want to share with you a few ideas of how to live a life of making the most of every opportunity.
In this verse in Ephesians, before telling us to make the most of every opportunity, Paul instructs us to live as “wise and not unwise… because the days are evil”. It is important as Christians that we live in wisdom. Proverbs 3:13-14 says “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.” I encourage you to ask God for more wisdom in your everyday life. By having wisdom, you are able to make Godly decisions, and realize what is important.
Make your desires align with God’s
Romans 8:5-6 says, “Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” When we fix our desires on the things that align with God’s desires, we are told that we will have life and peace. By wanting things of God for our life we are able to take our focus off ourselves and instead see life from God’s perspective, and we will realize just how precious life is regardless of our circumstance.
In Philippians 4:6 we are told, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This is a call to live a life of thankfulness. When we set our focus on what we are thankful for instead of what we don’t have, there is a shift that happens where we are able to appreciate life more. The key to this verse is that we are called to give all requests to God. So the moment a fear or anxious thought enters your mind, give it to God and allow him to give you peace as you trust in Him.
These are a few of the many ways that we can make the most of every opportunity. It is easy to live life getting caught up in the routine of things, but I encourage you to take each day and see it as a gift. Look at the way Paul spent his life. He didn’t let his circumstances get in the way of him living for Christ. So what is stopping you?
Lord, help me never get stuck in a routine way of life. I ask that You would give me the ability to make the most of this season of life I am in right now and to use it for Your glory. I pray that I could see everyday of life as a gift from You. I love You, Lord. Amen.