Lectionary – Proper 15

Lectionary – Proper 15

Making the Most of Time

“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15–20, NRSV)

The author of Ephesians builds of the language in Ephesians 4 of “new” and “old” self. For readers who thought the end of times was near, there was an urgency in the witness of the church. The first verse in our reading claims that the “wise” will make the most of their time for the days are evil. The wise is the one who discerns what the will of the Lord is and lives accordingly.

This sense of urgency can be seen in Letter to the Galatians as well:

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:9–10, NRSV)

Some Bible translations say that the church is to “redeem the time.” So redeeming our time means that we work not for our own good but for the “good of all.” From this point, our reading states that there is a corporate nature in our lives. Our worship is not personal worship but takes place within the community. It is within the “one Body” that true worship occurs. It is the worship of the “wise” not of the “unwise.” We are filled with the Spirit and sing psalms and hymns. But, our songs of praise are with us every day as they become songs within our hearts.

Artificial red heart on hands of manThe human heart longs for a permanent relationship with God our Creator. We remember the teachings of Jesus enlightening that our relationship with God is “bound” in our relationship with Christ. Our relationship with Christ is “bound” in our relationship with each other. Let the circle be unbroken. The “relationship circle” it is bound together in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and God’s children.

Finally the wise live lives of thanksgiving, “giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Thanks be to God,
Blessings pastor Mick