#261 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Ephesians 5: 15 So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
What does it mean for a Christian to walk “carefully” in an evil world? It seems to be widely assumed that Christians mostly fall into two categories nowadays, credulous fools, or evil and cruel. Nothing could be further from the truth. If, as some would call us evil and cruel, it is the ones who refuse to acknowledge their own unrighteousness, that is the blatantly wrong behavior and self-absorption so prevalent today.
Those who think they are wise, and the Christians credulous fools are rather like willful children who will not acknowledge the truth before their very eyes even though every evidence is to the contrary.
That many of us fail to understand, and many fail to realize the “vested interest” angle behind most of the resistance we may encounter in trying to share Jesus with other people there is no point in allowing our frustration to manifest itself with words of condemnation. Remember what Jesus said concerning the “narrow gate”, and the “narrow way” (Matthew 7:13-14).
In one sense, not that we are “off the hook” as far as our mission is concerned (to “go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19-20), but, when we have been obedient to be witnesses, when we have prayed that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of the unsaved, and that frequently, not giving up hope, then we must accept that the “chips will fall” where they may. Because mankind has the freedom to choose, each person’s ultimate destiny is in their own hands.