ephesians 5:15 meaning

A person of philosophical temperament, esp one who is patient, wise, and stoical. There is no such thing as a literal instant replay. It is good to see what advantage we make of time daily. When it is once past, it is gone forever. This has been the course of the grain of every one else, and where there is so much experience what room is there for prayer. 3:2f; 1 Tim. "What is the name of this one?" Take what is needed from His hand, and go forth to play the part for which the hour calls. To walk circumspectly and thus wisely is to live in the light of our position as God’s children. I call it not belief -- no, no, anything rather than belief. Mark how this redemption of time can be accomplished. Each day the voices of urgency cry out for every available moment. Although this is true, time often seems relative, doesn’t it? Most of us think, "Oh boy, I'd just have it made, if I did exactly what God wants me to do." Accordingly, it may be necessary to translate make good use of every opportunity you have as “every time you can do something good you should” or “you should use every chance to do good. Whoever considers how flitting and winged his life is—will hasten his repentance! We must walk carefully and redeem the time that He gives us (Eph 5:15-16). The thoughts of time's uncertainty and swiftness, would keep us from putting off our repentance. If you repulse the Spirit, He may refuse to strive any more. 1:36; 5:8f, 11f; 6:19, 66; 7:1; 8:12; 10:23; 11:9f, 54; 12:35; 21:18; Acts 3:6, 8f, 12; 14:8, 10; 21:21; Ro 6:4; 8:1, 4; 13:13; 14:15; 1 Co. 3:3; 7:17; 2 Co. 4:2; 5:7; 10:2f; 12:18; Gal. Comment: Wuest translates it "buying up for yourselves the strategic, opportune time." Kairos refers to a distinct, fixed time period, rather than occasional moments. Just as a merchant, then, is most anxious about a profitable bargain so ought we to be about redeeming the time. referring to moral evil (especially to the moral evil he has described earlier in Ephesians 5). Perhaps you are in the wrong school, and you ought to be in another school training to serve God. The lights which God hath set in the firmament ENABLE US TO REDEEM THE TIME; to retrieve the misspent past by the right improvement of the present. Smiling in a winter’s day; Eccl 9:10. --Psalm 90:12. How are you using those situations in obedience to God? If we realize the value of our days, we will try to spend them profitably. God wants us to be wise and understand His will for our lives. Eternity is long. Ephesians 5:15. A good quality in someone entrusted with responsibility, ours being to shine as "Jesus people," as Spirit filled (Eph 5:18+) supernaturally energized lights in this dark world (Mt 5:14-16+, Php 2:14-15+). (T. L. Cuyler, D. D.), John Broadus said "Opportunity is like a fleet horse that pauses for a moment at one's side. We should redeem time because of the eternal consequences which will result from the use we make of it. In eastern towns the same habit obtained. So when God's Spirit (this blessed dove) comes to you, entertain and welcome Him into the ark of your souls. Is going to be our last. THE CONTEXT. We look to the Saviour as the object of our love, and we go to Him as the source of our strength. Only after we do that can we please God ( Ephesians 5:10). We have, first, what we ought to think about ‘the time.’. He stops promptly, lest by delay all chance of retrieving his fortune should be gone. Matthew 23:34 "Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city. Ps 90:12. (MacDonald, W & Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson). “The days are evil,” says Paul in Ephesians 5:16 , meaning that they are dangerous, they are a fleeting opportunity, and so we must redeem the time, we must make the most of every opportunity. With every new opportunity that comes along, the fool chases off in a different direction, not questioning whether that is the best choice. And, the Lord Jesus said to the Father, "I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do" (John 17:4). Time misspent is not time lived—but time lost! There's one thing I won't be able to do in heaven: bring the lost to Jesus. Those seconds, of course, are the way we measure time, and time is the very essence of our lives. Our Daily Walk, GOD DESIRES to give each life its full development. My name is Opportunity. The consideration of the shortness of our stay in the world would be a help to TEMPERANCE. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. "Mine hour is not yet come," said our Lord. Aristotle equated it with a methodical attempt to explain sensory reality. King. It suggests an attitude toward living that sees every situation as the perfect occasion to do God's will and influence others for Him. This is Coram Deo living before the face of God, Carpe Diem seizing the day, because Tempus Fugit, time flies and so our daily prayer should be, So teach (an imperative) us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom. 5:16). It is too late to mend the days that are past. Time should never be wasted but used to the best advantage. To walk circumspectly means to walk carefully or to walk accurately. The lesson is--use opportunity, and use it thoroughly while you have it. 9. We have our characteristic obstacles, here and now, to the active doing of the Master's work, and to the silent diffusion of His light; among them is the Christian tradition itself, where it exists along with spiritual death in men's wills and affections. However, when life is over, there will be a strict accounting of what we have done with that time. Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Watch carefully. Nor could he find rest until, on his knees, he had been able to face the question of the Eternal, and reply to it. - Thomas Brooks, There is nothing puts a more serious frame into a man's spirit than to know the worth of his time. And the results of our labor may outlive us. You supply the will, God supplies the power." (MacArthur, J: Ephesians. So we say with Paul that, in view of certain judgment, Christ’s love compels us to proclaim the Good News (cf. Living for Jesus a life that is true, We shall shortly have our losses made up and enjoy our godly relations again in heaven! Christians in the West spend a lot of time debating the theological ramifications of His coming. It is to be a walk, onward and upward, of holy and habitual praise, of fellowship in spiritual help, and of a mutual submission which means forgetfulness of self in the recollection of others, in the Lord... See therefore, with eyes spiritually open to the path and its environment, that you walk (it is the seventh time that this pregnant word has been written - 8x in 7v - Eph 2:2 2:10 4:1 4:17 5:2 5:8 5:15) accurately; recollecting the importance of detail, fully aware that life is made up of steps and incidents, and that nothing in it lies outside the claims of God. I have only just a minute, only 60 seconds in it; 19. He who has nothing to do but kill time is in danger of being killed himself. Psalm 39:4NIV (cf Ps 90:12). Would it also include your time? Why hast thou wings on thy feet? In what sense is the time of life short? The hours are like trees with their rich fruit, or vines with their blossoms of purple clusters. Make an honest appraisal of your week. Verses 15-21. Therefore you had need to lay up for a better life, for you have but sorry evil days here. Overlong waiting means loss of chance, for the king has passed by, and the gates are closed; but to wait patiently until everything is ripe for action is the very last expression of Christian culture. Men are led by reflections upon the brevity of time to give their earnest attention to eternal things; they become humble as they look into the grave which is so soon to be their bed, their passions cool in the presence of mortality, and they yield themselves up to the dictates of unerring wisdom; but this is only the case when the Lord himself is the teacher; he alone can teach to real and lasting profit. Improve this short time by doing all the service you can for God. Is time so uncertain and short? By the redemption of every fleeting moment. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press), The KJV provides a more literal translation than the NAS rendering it as "See (NAS = be careful) then that ye walk circumspectly (akribos) (KJV). (Heb 3:12 - note), Wuest adds that you are to "see to it that your conduct is accurate with respect to the demands of the Word of God. We are fragile. We must redeem time by sincerely repenting of sin and devoting ourselves immediately to the great business of life. The benighted man does not pray to be made to feel that the sun will rise in a few hours. No meaner Master; no inferior school; not Moses himself except as he speaks God's word and becomes the schoolmaster to bring us to Christ; not the prophets, not apostles themselves, neither "holy men of old", except as they "spake and were moved by the Holy Ghost." That it is the duty of Christians to look to the due improvement of the time and season. Thayer adds that exagorazo as used in (Eph 5:16) and (Col 4:5) means to. Time is given to us to be cultivated, not murdered. All the marks which we put upon it, it will exhibit forever...each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny....How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness...! When you walk carefully, you look all around before we take a step. We know better, but we fail. syniete, understand) what God"s will is. When there is something you know you ought to do it, and do it now. Paul once again returns to the theme of "walking," which means abiding or remaining in Jesus (Ephesians 2:2, 10; 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8). Vance Havner says that this evil day is one of, MacDonald offers an insightful explanation of "evil days" writing that "What lends special urgency to this matter is the evil character of the days in which we live. 16:2, John Eadie writes that "The apostle...does not adduce the fewness of the days to inculcate in general the diligent use of time, but he insists on the evil of the days for the purpose of urging Christians to seize on every opportunity to counteract that evil... furnishes a strong argument. We do not know how long we have 3. (Pr 14:12, 16:25, 12:15). For example, a "season" is a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature. That appears only on film. He does his 30 junior high math problems, and I help him check them over. Jesus didn't go everywhere. But that doesn’t excuse us from using them conscientiously, carefully, and wisely. In contrast to the wisdom of fools, Paul exhorts believers at Rome to be wise in a godly sense, wise about spiritual truth and how to live in an evil world opposed to God (Ro 16:19), referring to God Himself as wise. Satan is more fierce because he knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12). The help to be sought in it. Singing of God's grace and mercy For instance, we know we aren't supposed to gossip. That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom. “Be careful then how you live…” These verses continue instructions regarding the Christian life. Then an accounting would be made of what the recipient had done with the sum. It is my choices. Bodily diseases are but death's harbingers which go before to prepare a lodging for death. Matthew 25:30: "Cast the unprofitable servant into utter darkness!". In the dog-eat-dog world of television reality shows, one of the casualties from last year was PBS's Market Warriors.I don't know if you ever caught an episode of Market Warriors, but it was a quasi-spinoff of the very popular Antiques Roadshow. It brings God and the soul together. There it was $1440 a day to spend or squander, to be used buying things for oneself or in helping others, to be wasted on trifles or invested for eternity. 4. All rights reserved), Too busy for all that is holy on earth beneath the sky, Time Management 101. Mark Dever - As Christians, we have come to realize that history is not cyclical, always repeating itself in an endless rotation of events, but that God will one day bring history to a close in judgment. 12:9; 1 Co. 5:13; Gal. No minute need be lived in vain. To walk as fools means to descend from this high plane to the conduct of worldly men. My brethren, there is a day coming, when you must all give an account of your time; all your time must be reckoned for at the great and general audit of the world. To mortals how time may be spent, 1, ed. His piano teacher asked him how much he practiced. You give us every day-- Now yesterday while I was writing this teaching, I realized how easily your time … A review of the word “live” (5:15; Greek, peripateō) provides a helpful reminder of some important themes of the book. 2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves." Anticipate His coming, not by debate but by practice. "The law is our school master to bring us to Christ", when the Lord himself speaks by the law. There is a paradox in that God is the sovereign over time. F B Meyer in his comments on King David's sad failure to keep watch (cp 1Chr 20:1) warns that "THERE are times and tides in the affairs of men; favorable moments for doing and daring, for attempting and achieving (cp Esther 4:14-note). If there’s one thing above all others that will keep your wheels spinning, it’s perfecting your skill at the Blame Game. Somewhere I have read about a garden in which was a sundial bearing the inscription, "It Is Later Than You Think." Romans 16:19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. If thou wouldst work for God it must be now; Lost opportunities may never be regained; they are gone forever. With all its pleasures and its woes, It is like pulling a limb from the body. Secondly: The reason by which this duty is enforced — “Because the days are evil.”. If a man had but a short time on a farm, he would make the best improvement of it and get as good a crop as he could out of it before he left it. Their time (by reason of their labors) is scarcely so long as others. What advantage will accrue to us, by often thinking of our short stay here? Go into our churchyards -- all ages speak to all ranks. 5. We never know the value of time till we know the value of the fragments into which it is broken up. You may not know how many cattle you have, but you might save the life of one that is sick. 5:11, 37, 39, 45; 6:13, 23; 7:11, 17f; 9:4; 12:34f, 39, 45; 13:19, 38, 49; 15:19; 16:4; 18:32; 20:15; 22:10; 25:26; Mk. It is not thus in other things. His vigilance must never sleep, and he must never be away from the market. Today, when you have leisure time, ask yourself how you can best improve those extra moments. Perhaps you are in the wrong school, and you ought to be in another school training to serve God. The recipients are those who once lived in sin (2:1-2), but must no longer live as Gentiles (4:17). We shall make the most of time, if we work in it with zeal and diligence. I enter the month with a sense that every minute counts. In Ro 1:14, Paul refers to the Greeks as the "wise" (although not in spiritual matters). (4) Some are so bad and froward (habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition), that they would take away liberty, estates, yea, life itself from you, and with it all occasions of doing and receiving good. To be wise we must comprehend intellectually (Gr. 2 Cor. "Even to apply his heart unto wisdom." Our time is short, because of the uncertainty. While God's ministers are with you, make use of them. ", Zodhiates - In Class. --William Brown Keer, 1863. (See note Colossians 4:5). buying up the opportunity, as it evermore occurs, "buying it out" from alien ownership, from the mere use of self, securing it for your Master at the expense of self-denying watchfulness. Do not lose heart as you labor [Gal 6:9, 10], striving according to His power which mightily works within you [Col 1:28-note, Col 1:29-note; He 13:20, 21-note], for your "payday" awaits eternity and the bema seat [word study] seat of Christ [2Cor 5:10, 1Co 3:11, 12, 13, 14, 15], the Lord of the harvest. Of the same kind is prodigality of life: he that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground. First: In the duty there is the act and the object. Don’t let the passing permanence of great buildings and established institutions, or the lulling tedium of long hours and minutes, make a fool of you! 8:29; 11:25; 12:1; 13:30; 14:1; 16:3; 21:34, 41; 24:45; 26:18; Mk. Too busy to read the Bible, too busy to wait and pray! ), And He was giving orders to them, saying, "Watch out! The idea is not to make best use of time as such (although that is certainly advisable), which is what we should do in the sense of not wasting it, but of taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. It is very close in meaning to the rather scientific way in which Westerners speak of time. If your priorities should be sifted more clearly from the trivia, that would be to your advantage. "Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment" (Heb. KJV: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, NLT: So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. In commerce the rarity of an article enhances its value, and should any doubt exist as to another opportunity for procuring it the merchant is proportionately anxious to obtain it without delay. Because of the worth of the work that is given us to do in it. As we obey Him and stay within His limits, we will find true joy and lasting satisfaction.—David C. Egner. You will find this to be a most rational performance when you have considered of these following things. If we are to understand the will of God, now is the moment that counts. Ah, beloved, have not you need to improve your time--who have much work to do, in so short a time: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." 4. In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul calls us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. Greek (sophos) not only described respected philosophers and other truly learned men but was also appropriated by vain quibblers and rhetoricians whom Aristophanes parodied and Plato and Aristotle censured. --G. R. Ps 90:12. It had two peculiar features. Be sure to invest it wisely. I heard a good definition of willpower—I copied it down, and I want you to listen to it: "When you have a job to do, begin this very hour. Yes, this can become compulsive and unhealthy But for those of us who need to hear it as an antidote to squandering the preciousness of irretrievable time, let us hear it. We must therefore use our time intelligently, taking advantage of opportunities it provides for us to serve the Lord and to do His will. You may have spare time from labor or necessity, you may stop working and refresh yourself, but no Christian ever had time off from living like a Christian.—William Law. Ex. What a little spot of that, is man's life! See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, I. In chapter 5 Paul continued to emphasize the importance of the believer's walk giving the command to continually "Walk in love" (Eph 5:2-note) like Christ and to continually "Walk as children of Light" since they are now light in the Lord (Eph 5:8-note). With His reward A person may die or lose an opportunity before the end of God’s time, but he has no reason to expect his life or his opportunity to continue after the end of his predetermined time. Had it been spent aright, its increased shortness would not be a matter of regret. Because the season may soon slip out of our hands (Galatians 6:10-note). Verse 12. So it may be said, such a one was born in the reign of such a king and he possessed such an estate—and he died. Genesis 24:63: "Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening." J. R. Miller comments on "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise--making the most of the time" Ephesians 5:15-16. If we suffer our hearts to wander from that centre we immediately become palsied creatures, living for no earthly object or value at all. "Make the best possible use of your time," Paul says. In this business of redeeming the time we are sent to the pismire (Proverbs 6:6, 7, 8). God only knows A dark house, with the Lord in it, becomes a temple of ineffable fellowship. How much time do we have today? Evaluating my everyday use of time and resources, I noticed how often I tended to count and measure—abstracting from a situation rather than living it. Beware of wasting the present.

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