So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Ephesians 5:15-20
I like to use a watch analogy when explaining how logical it is to believe God created the heavens and the earth. Suppose you find a watch and bring it to me. It is a very nice women’s Seiko with diamonds inlaid around the crown, gold color, with date and day display. Very nice watch. You say, “Looks like someone lost her watch.”
“Well, maybe…,” I say. “Maybe not.”
You mean someone left it here on purpose?
“No, that’s not what I mean. I’ve been thinking. There are so many places, so many times, so many options. I think this watch – as you call it – just evolved over time and turned up here for us to discover.” I’m being facetious here, but bear with me for the sake of argument.
“You’ve gotta be kidding me! There’s no way this just happened,” you rejoin me in utter disbelief. “It surely was manufactured, marketed, purchased, and now lost by someone for whom it was purchased – or who purchased it herself. Look at it! It’s beautiful. It’s functional. It has the day and date.”
“Yes, I guess so,” I reply. “But you never know. It may just have happened. It could be a fluke of time and space.”
You would think me foolish to believe that or seriously to order my life around the idea that watches or any other man-made item just happen from time to time. And that, even though you’ve probably never seen a watch factory, or known the person to whom the watch belonged.
“Don’t live like fools,” Paul says here. To the point: Don’t live as though we are not creatures of a divine being who has crafted this world and everything in it, and still sustains it. Don’t harbor the thought in your heart that there is no God. Don’t believe that you are not created and accountable to the creator. This is the foundation of what follows in these few verses.
Foolish people live as though there is no God, or that he is involved in our daily lives. Wise people acknowledge God and order their lives in alignment with his purposes, will, values, and commandments. When we factor Jesus into this equation, we conclude that to do so is an outgrowth of our place in God’s heart and family. We are his children. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. He has put us right with God, so our calling is to live that out daily.