Make It Count

Imagine yourself standing beside a stream with a fast flowing current. You toss a small twig into the stream and watch it float away. That’s a fairly accurate picture of how easily we are caught in the current of our culture. Much effort and intentionality are required to go against the natural flow of the world. God’s Word boldly states,

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”   (Ephesians 5:15-17)

These three verses teach six Life-Giving Truths:

  • Be careful or you will be swept away.  Stay alert and on guard.
  • Be wise.  Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)
  • Make the most of your precious time, seize opportunities.
  • The evil one will do everything to steal your time, energy and soul.
  • Don’t make foolish decisions.
  • Seek to understand what is God’s will in every situation.

Make your life count.  Don’t squander the time or resources God has entrusted to you.  I love the way John Piper puts it: “You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on for centuries and into eternity, you don’t have to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have to have good looks or riches; you don’t have to come from a fine family or a fine school. You have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things – or one great all-embracing thing – and be set on fire by them.”  (Don’t Waste Your Life, p.44)

And for those who are entering the retirement stage, be careful.  “’Retirement’, observed Norman Cousins, “which is supposed to be a chance to join the winner’s circle, has turned out to be more dangerous than automobiles or LSD…. A chance to do everything that leads to nothing.  It is the gleaming brass ring that unhorses the rider.”

Take this teaching from God’s Word to heart and DECIDE and DETERMINE to be DIFFERENT.  Stand firm in the raging current and in the power of God, go up stream.  People you encounter everyday need to see someone who is not caught in the current.  Be that person and show them Christ.

Jeff Wilson

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