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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Character has correctly been identified as the single greatest contributor to one’s beauty. It is the evidence of our willingness to accept personal responsibility for our own life and then actively choosing to control our thoughts, our attitude, our words, and our actions. Your character is important because it is what defines who you are. It is also what others will quickly discover and then discuss about you.
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
It was Thomas Paine who said, “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” While fragile, our character is foundational to our work for Christ. As such, it is in our character that the work of the Holy Spirit is most clearly evident.
Ephesians 5:9 says, “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;).”
Galatians 5:22-24 then clearly defines what that work looks like when it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”
Today, we’re focusing on verse 16 where the Bible says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word evil means “an influence that is wicked, degenerate, and harmful.” It has the idea of an environment that doesn’t just condone wickedness, but it actually contributes to the process, to the pushing of boundaries, and even to the praise of wickedness. Moral decline and mounting disrespect is the natural result of the rejection of truth.
It was Jesus Himself Who said, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
The Apostle Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:1-6, paints a clear picture as to what that type of world will look like when it says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.”
Friend take a look around. We’re there right now! Lust, lack of personal restraint, and lawlessness has led to the mentality where everyone is simply doing what they perceive to be right in their own eyes – a mindset that the Bible clearly warns us against.
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Isaiah 5:20-23 says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
It is into this type of environment that we, the children of God, are meant to stand up and to be the standard-bearers of truth and righteousness. The word radiate means “to shed light or brightness on.” As believers, that’s what we are supposed to be, “…the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15).
Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Proverbs 14:34 informs us of the impact that the work of Christ in us can have on both the society and the culture around us when it says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Bob Sorge who wrote, “God is looking for not only a clinging bride but also a working partner…God wants to walk with us before He works through us. So, He will wait to act until he finds the right man or woman through whom He can work. To put it bluntly, God works with His friends. When God has a friend, divine activity accelerates. When God has a useful vessel that has been prepared for noble purposes, He will use that vessel.”
Let me encourage you today to stop allowing your life to be dictated by the desires and the direction of the world. They will be of no benefit to you and they will have a tremendous affect on how you impact the world around you. Instead, start basing your decisions on obeying the truths of the precious Word of God and “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Until next time, good day and God bless.