“See then that ye walk circumspectly redeeming the time, because the days are evil”
Today, the people who call themselves as the children of God do, so much to work at, so much to accomplish…little do they realize what a toll it will have on their life, on their future. These are evil days indeed. The devil has conjured up all kinds of harmless and, yes, useful devices, interesting and even educational pastimes, that one simply can’t seem to dispense with all with very subtle purpose. It may not seem important to some people to spend time with the Lord in meditating on the Word of God, Praying, fellowship with children of God and so on and fill their heart and mind with things that are honest and just things that are pure and lovely things that are of good report, virtuous and praise worthy.
O child of God, do you at times hold back from joining people of God in prayer or ministry? Its the devil who makes you argue “I’m not indulging in anything wrong, am I? ‘What’s wrong with chat-rooms and harmless SMS’. “Wouldn’t it be enough if I avoided profanity, blaspheming and things like that? You contend. You are unknowingly becoming weak; it’ll dawn on you only when you cannot withstand temptation.
The Bible has said quite a lot about chatting. The Book of Proverbs says, “The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury” (Prov 14:23) You’ll gradually lose all your spiritual ones also ‘vain babbling’ St Paul calls it and says it’ll increase ungodliness (2 Tim 2:16). It is put most strongly in Proverbs chapter 10:19. In the multitude of word there wanteth not sin? Which means something sinful is bound to ultimately slip in unawareness.
Note the ways looks okay to us doesn’t bring about ‘death’ at once; it leads to ways of death. Twice in the Book of Proverbs we read the warning “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man but the end there of are the ways of death” (Prov 14:12’16:25).
Children of God cannot get along well for long in the companionship of worldlings – they’ll end up vexing themselves (2 peter 2:8) we need to be selective about our fellowship in the circle of saints too. See then that ye walk circumspectly redeeming the time because the days are evil, teaches Bible.
God wants His children to endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. We are the chosen soldiers of God. God is in need of someone who will change the present atmosphere of the world. So being a chosen soldier of God we should never entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life and waste our precious time which has been given by God.
Let us free these affairs of life and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness and fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life whereunto we are called. Amen.
Author – Godlyn Christy (Bethel Youth, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)