A well-recognized inventor called his closest friends together to unveil the new electric motor he had just finished. He stood in front of the group with his new product displayed on an elegant black velvet tablecloth, highlighted by a spotlight.
“Gentlemen,” he said in a voice that exposed his pride, “this is my most recent invention - a newly designed electric motor. What do you think of it?”
“Put it to work,” said one of the engineers, “I can’t tell a thing about it until I see it in action.”
If we say that we are Christ’s disciples, others will only recognize us as His disciples when they see us “in action.” In writing to the Ephesians, Paul said that we are to be “careful how you live...(by making)...the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Do not act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what God wants you to do.” And then, “just do it!”
When Paul referred to “these evil days,” he was emphasizing the urgency of presenting the Gospel message to others. Then, as now, “evil” has penetrated society in such a compelling manner that it is difficult to see good or goodness in the way many Christians behave. What was considered “inappropriate” behavior for Christians” has now become “appropriate” by many who profess to be Christians. Has God’s Word changed, or what people believe about His Word?
As the engineer said, “Put (your faith) “to work.”
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to be aware of our witness in this world and to “understand” how we ought to live as Your disciples. May our lives represent You well! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Ephesians 5:15-20