How many would love to have more time to spend with God? In reality, most of us would love to have more time to invest in the important places of our life. But if the truth was to be known, and we actually had 25 hours in a day!” It is very unlikely that most of us would actually spend our time doing those important things.
Look at the last time you had a day off that you didn’t expect, chances are pretty good that you didn’t spend eight glorious hours in God’s presence. Chances are pretty good what you did is you ran errands, or you caught up on chores, or you got ahead at work, or you caught up on some emails. Chances are there were many things that felt urgent to you that overwhelmed what you say is truly important. It’s just kind of way life is.
Have your ever driving a car with a steeling problem? The car just naturally pulls to one side, and if you don’t consistently fight it, the pull will take you off-centre to the side. In reality, all of us, we are out of alignment by nature to God. By nature, we are sinners and the pull is away from God, toward this culture. In reality, culture pulls us off-centre into a margin- less lifestyle.
Look at what Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise”. Be very careful, because if you are not very careful, you need to understand that there is a pull away from the most important things, to the lesser important things of this world. Fight against the pull of culture. The default stance of living is not wisdom, it’s foolishness. Be careful then how you live, be very, very careful to fight against the pull of this culture. The verse goes on to say, “..making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil”; they are going to try their very best to pull you off centre. “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Be very careful, be very careful how you live, or culture will drag you away from the things that you say matter most into a margin-less and meaningless lifestyle.
Romans 2 tells us this; “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,” to the pull of this culture, but be different; “..be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Change the way you think. Don’t think like everyone else. Don’t be pulled like everyone else, “..be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”