Ephesians 5:8-20 “Make the Most”

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Every new year we spend time making resolutions about the new year.  We want the coming year to be better, more productive, healthier, and so much more.  We resolve to read more, learn more, or perhaps be more present in our relationships.  Yet typically, every new year is met with the same habits, actions, and inaction that the last year was full of.

What is probably the saddest thing about this is it leads us to a life full of “defaults.”  We do what is “normal” and socially/culturally expected, making choices without consideration because it’s “what we always do” or “what everyone else is doing.”  It seems like we are just sleepwalking through life.  Scripture calls us to WAKE UP, urging us towards a greater awareness of our lives and the opportunities that God is placing before us.

Questions to take home:

  1. What are some New Year’s resolutions that you are thinking of making for 2018?  Do you intend on keeping them or are they simply resolutions for the sake of resolutions?  How can you be more intentional about following through on them?
  2. Scripture calls us to “make the most of every opportunity; what does that mean to you?  Do you typically see the normal day to day things in your life as opportunities?  How can you #makethemost of the opportunities in your life each day?
  3. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”  St. Irenaeus once said “Man fully alive is the glory of God.”  Are abundant life and making the most of every opportunity linked?  How can you make this a daily part of your life and walk with Jesus Christ?