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My life verses for this season

February 10, 2021 | Didi Bacon

There have been times in my faith journey when certain scriptures have just stuck with me. I find myself repeating these verses to myself and in conversations over and over again. 
I've heard people talk about having a life verse, and maybe this is what they mean. 
I have a life verse for the season in which we are presently living. 
Actually, they are life verses for this 2020-2021 season. These verses are found in Paul's letter entitled in our Bibles, "Ephesians." Paul writes this letter to Christians living in the world. It is a letter about how to live as a non-Jewish (Gentile) Jesus follower. 
That's me! 
My verses occur in the second part of the letter, in chapter 5. They are verses 15 and 16. To appreciate the context of Ephesians 5:15-16, here is the full paragraph from the New International Version.  
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
"Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you."
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Here is what Paul is saying: When I was not a Jesus follower (Christian), I lived in darkness. Darkness is a powerful word picture of being in a state of lost-ness, death, ignorance, and fear. But now I live by faith in Jesus, and I am in the light. Living in the light is demonstrated by my conduct - being good, doing what is right, and operating in truth. Living in the light means living life as a child of God doing my part in the family business! Living in the light means living in such a way that it exposes the darkness. The life lived in obedience to God's Word and, therefore, by God's Will will serve as a contrast to the ways of darkness. Now we come to verses 15 and 16. The way to live in the light is to be careful (think: pay attention) to how I live. The original word here, translated as "live," is the word "walk." I love that imagery. Life is a walk. It is a series of steps in a journey towards a destination. Jesus followers are walking through life towards an eternal heavenly destination. We have to be careful how we live by being wise. Being wise means being skillful. It is more than having knowledge. It is the right knowledge applied to life for the right results. That is skill. The Bible is our source of knowledge that the Holy Spirit helps us apply to life skillfully.
I must live wisely because Paul says I have to make the most of every opportunity. The original word used is "Time." But it is not time like seconds, minutes, hours. It is the word time as in season. That is why the NIV translators correctly translate the word "Opportunity." Our lives are seasons for the opportunity to live in the light for Jesus. As a child of God, God by his Holy Spirit invites me into His Work. I can do His work only by His resources, but I have to be careful, be wise and take the opportunities! There is urgency here. This is not a time to dilly dally. This is not a time to be distracted. Why? Paul says because these days are evil!  
If there is one thing that this season has made abundantly clear - these are evil days. Evil days that are going to get worse. To be cliche here, 2020 was the year for clarity. It was the year for 2020 vision. If you are a Jesus follower and cannot see what is going on in our world, you better open your eyes. The light is exposing the darkness. Live in the light. Expose the darkness. Live wisely with the wisdom that comes from above (James 3:13-18).  
For some clarity into our evil days and encouragement on what we as Jesus followers are called to do, I encourage you to read the article/blog post by Bobby Harrington by following the link below.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.