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April 3, 2013

Text:  “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil”.  Ephesians 5:15-16

Ponder this significant quotation: “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” Roger Babson    And this one too: “Know how to live the time that is given you.” Dario Fo

Most of us know that the Latin phrase in the title means “seize the day”. It is a summons to live life to the fullest. However, most of its advocates are pleasure seekers who desire to spend each day in the pursuit of debauchery. Remember the 1960s beer ad that urged, “Grab all the gusto you can?” That was pure hedonistic “carpe diem”. There is an overwhelming amount of that thinking in our world today. The masses long for the weekend when they can live with abandon. Pornography pictures the most shameful acts, insinuating that such behavior is “normal”. Television is a sewer of smarmy lust and violence.

On the other hand, the text above suggests the phrase “carpe diem” could be a watchword for the Christian to remember to be energetically involved in living happily and productively in the service of the Lord.

What is your level of involvement for work in the kingdom of God? List your recent activities in service to the church. Are you an elder or deacon? How about a Bible class teacher or helper? Do you welcome people to services? Do you visit the sick? Are you an encourager? Do you help maintain the church building and grounds? Do you help others? Do things for the elderly? Guide young people? Do you assist the needy? Or do you have a way of serving that remains unseen by others?  (Naturally, this doesn’t exhaust the list of possibilities.)

Twenty first century living demands time. But do not be so involved that you neglect regularly doing good. Don’t be overwhelmed by your job, your friends, your recreations, so that you have no time for serving others, for telling someone about Jesus, for studying the Bible, for being a good example. Involve others in your area of serving, and teach them how to do it. Be a source of encouragement to others. Keep your fire of enthusiasm stoked and share it with others. cf. Romans 13:6-8

Workers in the kingdom are needed now.  Jesus insists that there is great need for saints to harvest plenteous fields here. (Matthew 9:37) The saved will be in heaven so there will be no need to work when we get there. The time for work is in the present world. Jesus said, “Therefore pray earnestly  to the Lord of the harvest  to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)  Pray about that, but remember that you have already been commanded to go yourself: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 24:19) So, go and take others also.

There is yet time for you to work in the kingdom now. Later there will be time to enjoy heaven.

“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day, night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:5


  1. Great lesson,Randy. Lots of thought provoking questions.

  2. Larry permalink

    I really liked this one. Not only is it practical, it also claims a phrase for God. Good work!–LS

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