15 Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16
Paul talks about making the most of our time because “the days are evil.” He knows without our proactivity we’ll let good opportunities come and go. We often don’t even think about opportunity costs. In his world, people’s eternal lives were at stake. This should be our motivation as well, but on a practical level, we need to be about seizing opportunities. Hidden in the words here is idea of buying up or “redeeming” the time. Just as the birds will snatch away the seeds sown before they can germinate, our career opportunities are fleeting.
Everything we do is a stepping stone to landing gratifying employment. At the very least, if we redeem the time, we can look back and know we did our best. After all, these opportunities are created by God. We need to know that the enemy of souls wants us to miss out and to continue to flounder.
Another thing here to learn is that the act of being wise (not unwise) is reflective, careful thinking. We are constantly thinking things through, playing things out. We’re like athletic coaches and managers that play out different scenarios and are prepared. This is where prayer comes in. In our own power and strength, we will fall short. We have the best counselor in the world at our disposal! Use him.