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5 Walk [peripateo] in [en] wisdom [sophia]
toward [pros] them that are without, [exo] redeeming [exagorazo] the time. [kairos]KJV-Interlinear
5 Conduct yourselves
with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. NASB
within the environment of wisdom, Gods wisdom not the worlds
wisdom, is mandated here.
It is not because God
depends on you to bring the Gospel to people such that they can be saved.
It is not because God
depends on you to help people grow in grace toward their own spiritual
After all, the world,
if left to itself, would not have lasted very long in
history, let alone for thousands of years.
God does not need you
or anyone, to promote His plan.He does
not depend on human means.
However, God does allow
you to participate, or to demonstrate your reluctance to participate, in His
Look around the world,
nations are in debt up to their eyeballs.Suffering and difficulties exist everywhere, and are growing at an
Two things contribute
to these circumstances.First there is
Satan, the prince of evil, who knows that his time is drawing shorter and shorter
with each passing day, and so he accelerates his evil in order to cause Gods
And second, there are
people and their lack of spiritual attributes.Combine these two things and you will find greater and greater suffering
and hardship within the world.The
second characteristic, the failure of people, is the most volatile characteristic
of the two.
God has commanded
people to pursue their spiritual lives.God has commanded people to support spiritual instruction.God has commanded people to pray with fervor,
for clear and understandable and readily available instruction, and what is the
What is the
alternative, when people fail?Then God
sets a course that is certain to bring the gospel and His name before the
A long time ago, God
birthed a person into this world, for this precise day in history.You have probably seen the coverage of the
Michael Jackson funeral services.But
did you think to consider the impact it might be having on the world?
With one single stroke,
God took a prominent person and made His name (that of Christ), known all over the
world.Perhaps thousands or even
millions of people were introduced to Christ on this day, from the indirect
event of Jackson s death.Of all of his
success, this single event, could very well have been
Michaels greatest success, courtesy of Gods grace.
Our verse states,
redeeming or making the most of the opportunity.That is our obligation to humanity.Life has a destiny, and life s best destiny
exists in heaven, not on this earth.
What people fail to do,
even though they have many opportunities throughout their life, God can
accomplish in a single day.
You do not get credit
for that which you do not do.And even
though you can never earn nor deserve anything, God gives us all ample
opportunities to participate in His plan.However, most simply do not.And
that is one of the biggest failures in life that anyone can have.
God provides you with
means and opportunity, and you ignore it either through indifference, selfishness,
or your own greed, laziness and unresponsiveness.
There are millions even
billions of people who need God.You are
in the forefront of His plan, right now, and you can do your part, if you
choose, to participate in that world event, the greatest event in all of human
history, that will affect the eternal future of vast numbers of folks.
The question is, Will
Or will you leave it
all up to God and others, thus excluding this opportunity out of your story
and out of your eternal blessing package?
God has a plan for each
of our individual lives.His plan is designed
to glorify Christ.You can be proactive
in your own plan, or indifferent.In
either case, Gods plan will succeed, and you can participate in that success or
not.That choice is, and has always been,
and always will be, yours.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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