Be Intentional - Forward with Back to the Bible - February 18

Be Intentional

Read Ephesians 5:15-20 (ESV)

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

Reflect

Do you know what God wants you to do with your life? How do you plan to live that out?

I don’t know about you but it never feels like I have enough time. There are so many projects and people pulling me in different directions. Sometimes it is difficult to even know where to begin. I am always busy and all of a sudden, I realize that another year has gone by! Thankfully, having a plan and setting goals helps me stay focused on God’s purposes for my life.

In today’s passage, Paul was telling the Ephesians that they should have a plan. They should know what God’s will is for their lives and then they should wisely consider how to take advantage of the time that they have here on earth to accomplish His will. In other words, be intentional. We cannot just wander aimlessly through life and hope to make an eternal impact for the kingdom of God. We need to carefully plan out our steps with wisdom and intentionality. 

How can we understand God’s will? His plan for His followers has been revealed in His Word. In Christ, we also have the indwelling Holy Spirit. We need to be spending time in the Word and in prayer so that He can guide us. We also need to take a look around us. Where has God specifically placed you? Who is with you? What needs are going unmet? Who needs to hear the Word? Then, pray, make a plan, and carry it out. 

Friends, life is short and our time is limited. What’s more, we have competition. Paul said, “the days are evil.” Satan never takes a day off and evil never sleeps. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to do the work of God before the time has passed. Spend some time in prayer today to carefully consider how you are currently walking. Ask God for wisdom to help you understand His purposes and to guide your plans. Don’t just coast through life. Be intentional.

Pray

Father, I want to accomplish Your will. Through Your Spirit, guide me as I make a plan. Please give me wisdom to make the best use of my time. I want to live for You. Amen.

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Originally published February 18, 2021.