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Ephesians 5:15-17 (New International Version)
15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
We often live in such a way that is unwise, don’t we? We make choices based out of the things of this world and our own sinful desires rather than on the nature and spirit of God. When we are living from our sinful nature and flesh, we are living as unwise. We are asked to make the most of every opportunity which literally means every decision is an opportunity. The days are evil and they are short. And it is in these days that we must be willing to make the right choice. What really motivates us to make the right choice?
Think about the choice that God had to make. Really, think about it. It was a choice between letting his Son die or letting his creation that he loved so much die and be apart from him forever. And yet, he sent his Son with the purpose of dying for my sin and for your sin. This was not an unwise choice but it was one that revolutionized the world. If God makes this wise decision and really a sacrificial decision, don’t we really owe him every decision that we make? He gave his Son in our place to die for OUR sin and yet we make unwise choices that are driven by our own fleshly desires…We have to make the most of every opportunity…Just as God did.
We all have areas in our lives that we could live as unwise such as living in:
Complacency, apathy, drifting from god, addictions, reputations, relationships.
The bible has a lot to say about those that are wise and those that are unwise. Proverbs especially talks about the wise, the fool, and the scoffer. Our choices that we make over a period of time and that we make a pattern of life really define which one of these that we are. The disclaimer in the next section is that we often will stumble so the definition of the wise, the fool, and the scoffer really has to do with our pattern of life and choices over a period of time.
Proverbs 28:26 (New International Version)
26 He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
- The Wise = Throughout Proverbs, there are all sorts of positive and amazing bi-products of making the right choices over a period of time and being called the wise. Some of these include ‘ the ability to make good decisions, live a long life, be attractive to others, prosper, be persuasive, be prepared for the future, be sought after by those of power and influence, rising to positions of influence, be kept safe from harm, and be a good counselor for others.’ You see, when we are ‘wise’ and are seen as such, there is tremendous benefit. But the reality is that God calls each of us to be so because of the decision that he made to send his Son to this earth to die for me.
If we choose not to walk in wisdom there are really two designations for you.
- The Fool- Know right from wrong but choose wrong. One could know Jesus Christ and still be a fool. There are lot of people that know the difference between a right choice and that simply choose not to live in that right choice for the majority of the time. I have seen too many Christ followers that have decided that they would simply chuck the code of morality that God has instituted when it comes to choices simply because the “easy route” was more appealing. This has devastating effects and the writer of Proverbs knows this. There are all sorts of
- The Scoffer- Same as fool, but they criticize the wise. Often, these are people that either don’t know Christ or have been a part of a body of believers that they turn against for one reason or another. It could have been the pain that they experienced in the body of Christ because of sin. It could have been because the logic of God makes no sense to them. It could have been because of an individual that was pitted against them and gave them a bad taste of who God was. Ultimately, the reason that they are called a scoffer is there own choices, but generally, there was a catalyst for criticism.
The reality is that we can probably live in all three of these titles at some point in our lives. But the pattern of our lives because of God sending his Son Jesus to die on a cross for us should be that of the wise. We should be known as someone who regularly makes the right choice because of who we follow.
So, what do you think? Would you say that you are more of a fool? Wise? Scoffer? What motivates you to be that particular title?