“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV)

Make the most of every opportunity! This phrase sounds like a business owner talking to his or her sales or management team, doesn’t it? Yet those who focus on “securing the deal” know that discretion is always needed to decide where, and on whom, to focus.

In Ephesians 5:15, Paul teaches us to live wisely. In business, we are often required to present ourselves as proficient and motivated to compete effectively. We’re trained to look at new relationships as opportunities for new business and to envision challenges as opportunities for growth.

God wants us to use our gifts and our talents, our finances, and even our place within an organization to glorify Him. This requires us to come before the Lord in prayer, asking for His priorities and the ability to see the opportunities that He presents to us throughout the day. We really don’t need to show Christ to more people in our day; we need to learn to see our days as God sees them – as opportunities to lay down our own goals and allow God to prioritize our actions and work through us.

When I lost my job a few years ago, I saw myself as a failure. God saw an opportunity for me to help others in similar situations. I had to decide where my ambitions lay: in trying to protect my self-esteem or in paving the way for God to work through me. Obeying God not only demonstrated His faithfulness in caring for my wellbeing but it has also enabled others to find Him where He didn’t seem to exist before.

This isn’t the first time you’ve heard the message that God wants to use you to minister to others through your life and work. I’m sure it won’t be the last. Please keep your eyes and ears open as you go through your day. Make the most of every opportunity – for God!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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  1. Lyn Leahz Says:

    Love this post! Thank you!!!!!!


  2. Hey Dave, We must be synced up somehow, I was just reading in Ephesians the morning!!!! Take care my Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T


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