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The Power is Off

Ephesians 5:15-17

A couple of weeks ago the power was off on three different occasions, once for about eight hours. After I got through flustering and blustering about it, I was able to rearrange my schedule to get things done which didn’t require technological wizardry. When the power was restored, I could get back to the computer.

Such situations cause me to think about making good use of our time and days. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus about being wise and making best use of their time. Such wisdom holds many lessons, but this is what comes to mind. Every week we all have some things we need to get done and several things we would like to get done. Often when the day rolls around, though, on which I wanted to do something, I am tired, or just not up for it, or otherwise preoccupied. So I put it off until tomorrow or even later.

Here’s the rub. When tomorrow comes, things have changed. (We tend to conveniently forget this enduring truth.) Yesterday was mild and partly cloudy; today, it’s pouring rain or blowing snow. Yesterday things were going well; today, the power went out. Yesterday, I was feeling pretty good, but today I have a bone fide headache. Yesterday (I find out later), the person I wanted to visit was home, but today they had a doctor’s appointment and were unavailable. Who hasn’t thought this? - “I’ll say something next time.” Too often next time fades into no time. Windows of opportunity close and must be reopened later (hopefully).

Jesus tells us plainly that tomorrow has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34). Paul writes to the preacher Titus to instruct his hearers to “be ready for every good deed” (Titus 3:1). Peter exhorts his readers to be ready with an answer for their hope (1 Peter 3:15).

Are you and I ready Christians? Are we prepared mentally, emotionally and spiritually for what the day may bring and even what the Lord will ask of us? Or have we put off our getting ready until tomorrow - when the car won’t start and your back is out?

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