Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is: “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise.” According to the Proverbs, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. What do you think it means to be careful how you live? My mother is one of my favorite people in all the world. She is kind, giving, sacrificial, and goes out of her way to make people feel special. When I read this admonition about being careful about how you live, the question that comes to mind is: “Would I want my mom to see that behavior or hear me say those words?” If the answer is no, then I am not living the call which God has placed upon my life.
God of unsearchable mystery and light,
your weakness is greater than our strength,
your foolishness brings all our cleverness to naught,
your gentleness confounds the power we would claim.
You call first to be last and last to be first,
servant to be leader and ruler to be underling of all.
Pour into our hearts the wisdom of your Word and Spirit,
that we may know your purpose and live to your glory. Amen.
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