It can be real easy to allow the day to get away from you. The morning begins with good intentions, and the evening ends with regrets. This happens because we let the momentum of the day dictate our lives instead of live by the Spirit. The Bible warns us about the lure of life and the danger of going with the flow.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Sometimes we think the day is just a benign thing. But the Bible makes it clear that the natural flow of the day revolves around the values of this world. And those values are evil.
How then do we make the most of every opportunity? It starts with listening for God’s plan and then doing it in the power He gives us. Procrastination can be our mortal enemy. But so can trying to do too much on our own. The main goal of Christianity is not morality or even good works; it is relationship with God and the resulting life transformation.
Watchman Nee wrote in Sit, Walk, Stand, “God never asks us to do anything we can do. He asks us to live a life which we can never live and to do a work which we can never do. Yet, by His grace, we are living it and doing it. The life we live is the life of Christ lived in the power of God, and the work we do is the work of Christ carried on through us by His Spirit whom we obey. Self is the only obstruction to that life and to that work. May we each one pray from our hearts: ‘O, Lord, deal with me.'”