15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
“How are you going to spend your summer?”
Here are some numbers:
12 weeks(your summer) – 84 days
- 2 hours of Netflix a day = 1 week of your summer
- sleep? 8 hours a night = 672 hrs = 28 (one month!)
- vacation/camp? There goes another week or two
At this point, half of your summer is gone
- video games? 2 hrs a day (that’s a low average) = 1 week
- read? 2 hours a day =1 week
- Got a summer job? part time job 20 hrs a week = 240 hrs = 1.5 weeks
- social media? 2 hours a day = 1 week
If you did all of these things, your summer is now over.
10 minutes a day in prayer/the Word, add one hour of church = 2 hrs a week =
1 day of your summer = 1.2% of your summer
Pretty sad, right?
LOOK how you live- observe, examine
Not as unwise but as wise
Two ways to walk(live) here: wise and unwise
- unwise ways = Netlflix, get fat, neglect relationships, staring at a phone
- wise ways = The Word has examples for us in the next few verses, we’ll get to it
Make the best use of the time
Why do we need to be wise this summer, fall, year? We live in the last days. Jesus is coming back. That is reason enough to carefully examine how you are living.
Two questions to ask yourself every morning of this summer:
- “What is the most important thing in life?”
- “How can I pursue my answer to the first question?”
The second answer may look different for each person, but Christ followers should have the same answer to the first question.
Don’t be foolish
But understand the will of the Lord is
- unwise = wasting time, wasting your summer, habits that ultimately don’t matter
- wise = purposeful living, working towards something, making a difference, glorifying God and loving Him.
We need to daily, hourly, check ourselves, LOOK, and not be foolish, but understand what we are doing, what’s most important, and living out of that priority.
some helpful guidelines from verses 18-21:
- don’t get drunk with wine/ debauchery = excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance. ALSO seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue.
Be filled with the Spirit instead of neglecting our duty to God.
- address one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart (Live a joyful life that’s focused on encouraging others!)
- give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (live a positive life that is focused on God and His goodness towards His children!!)
- submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Golden Rule = love your neighbor, “for Christ” Love God
- Matthew 6
- Romans 12
- Proverbs 3
Questions for Conversation:
- Can you glorify God while being on vacation? How so?
- Do you think Christians ever should take a break from following Jesus?
- What’s your favorite thing you have planned for this summer?
- If you gave Jesus your summer to-do list, what would He put on it?