Pandemic living: Seize the season
Updated: May 22
As followers of Jesus, we may be nearing a post-pandemic test regarding whether we will heed an admonition in the apostle Paul’s letter to the saints in Ephesus:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Christians are to give attention constantly to living lives of wisdom, Paul says in this text. This means “making the best use of the time.” As I said in last Sunday’s sermon, the English translation “making the best use” refers to buying up something, while “time” refers not to chronological time but to a strategic, opportune season. We can say this phrase means to buy up the opportunities afforded us.
We will have some opportunities when restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are lifted that we have not had for more than two months. Public health officials, however, have told us to expect a comeback of the virus in the fall or winter. Will we buy up these opportunities we may be afforded before we possibly are restricted to our homes again? Or will we squander this opportune season because we assume the constraints on our lifestyles we have experienced will not be repeated?
It is unlikely any of us would have predicted March 1 the massive societal change we have lived through since then. It has been a global reminder of God’s caution to us that we do not know what the next day will bring (James 4:13-16). It also should be a megaphone telling us to seize -- when it is once again safe -- the season we are given to:
-- Befriend the neighbors we have never met;
-- Share the gospel with those who have not heard it from us;
-- Meet the needs of those who are afflicted;
-- Serve the church family from whom we have been separated.
Undoubtedly, we each have additional ways in which we need to act in an opportune season.
The days are evil. Let’s seize these days.