[Make] the most of your time, because the days are evil.
As we watch the last glimmer of twilight fade into darkness in our culture,
1 Corinthians 15:58 provides us with admonitions for how to live in the
Paul says that in light of the last days we need to be hopeful. Certainly,
there’s enough to be fearful about today, isn’t there? But instead of being
overwhelmed by the negative possibilities, Paul said he wants us to be
“steadfast” (1 Corinthians 15:58). That word “steadfast” means “to be
seated, firmly situated, settled in your emotions.” Now, don’t misunderstand
what Paul is saying. He’s not telling us that we’re to be lackadaisical in our attitude about life. Elsewhere in Paul’s writings he reminds us that we’re in a death struggle against the forces of evil. “Therefore,” he says in Ephesians 5:15-16, “be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” When Paul is talking about being relaxed or settled, he’s talking about having your inner emotions under control. In spite of the inevitable and increasing opposition, we can be settled in our spirits, knowing that Jesus Christ is coming for us.
The Bible calls that knowledge of Christ’s return “the blessed hope” for
Christians (Titus 2:13). The only hope we have that keeps us from being
overwhelmed by the difficulties of this world is the knowledge that one day
Christ is going to deliver us to a better destination.
Let’s suppose you hate the cold weather. The frigid temperatures coupled
with the lack of sunshine makes you dread winter. However, you have an
employer who wants to reward you. So one day in October your employer
calls you in and says, “I know how much you hate the winter, so as soon as the temperature drops to 32 degrees and stays there for seven days in a row, I’m going to send you on a two-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.” Now,
what would be your attitude when January rolled around? You would be
checking your smartphone constantly to see if the temperature had dropped
to freezing. You still dislike snow, ice, and gray skies. But you understand
now as soon as that temperature drops and stays there, the closer you are to
your deliverance to the shores of Waikiki. Now, Jesus said: “I am going to
prepare a place for you, and as soon as it’s ready, I’m going to come and pick you up.” However, the destination that Jesus has in mind is far more glorious than Hawaii. And your length of stay will be much longer than two weeks. It is a forever destination. But how do you know when departure time is coming? Jesus says just watch the temperature. The temperature of world
events is going to start heating up with wars and famines and persecutions.
When you see those world events, don’t get discouraged. Know that your
day of deliverance is near.
Today’s devotion is an excerpt from “Last Days Living” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.