Making the Most of Every Opportunity
Ephesians 5:15-16
June 2, 2002


Have you ever walked away from a situation frustrated because you realize you just missed an opportunity?

Maybe it was to make a sale, or make an improvement, or maybe even make a point.

Maybe it was an opportunity to minister to someone you havenít seen in a while, or to give someone a quick word of encouragement.

Maybe it was an opportunity to learn from someone who had something to contribute to your life, either for your career or family life.

Donít you just hate that? Especially when you donít realize it until itís about 2:30 in the morning when you wake up to get a drink of water or something?

You slap your forehead and go, ďWhat a fool I was to not take advantage of that! Why didnít I recognize that when I had the chance?Ē

Today I hope to help you lessen those occurrences a bit, and I want to do that by looking at a small, two-verse passage of Scripture that I think will be very helpful.

I have it printed in your bulletin, so just follow along as I read it aloud.

Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

I want to help you become someone who is able to recognize and take advantage of opportunities when they come your way, no matter what they might be.

In doing that I want to show you three actions to take from this passage of Scripture that will give you a leg up in this area.

Letís get started, shall we? The first action we need to take in order to make the most of opportunities is toÖ

I. Be Careful.

How many of you grew up singing the songÖ

ďBe careful little ears what you hearÖeyes Ė seeÖĒ

Why do we need to be careful? Whatís the big deal?

The issue is the mind. Be careful what goes in your mind, because itís there forever. You think youíve forgotten it, and then something triggers the memory, and itís staring you in the face.

Your brain retains what goes in. You might be able to delete your computer files, but you will never be able to totally delete what has gone into your brain.

Be careful what you read. Be careful what you watch. Be careful who you hang out with. Be careful what you put into your body, because it can effect your mind.

What you put into your mind can dull the brain into missing opportunities or ways to make the most out of them.

To me, this is one of the most convincing arguments against drug and alcohol use.

I know itís true that there is nothing in Scripture that specifically says, ďThou shalt not use drugs,Ē and the debate rages about whether or not Jesus turned water into real wine or just grape juice. Thatís not an argument I care to get into, so donít bother coming up to me with your opinion, okay?

Verse 18, right after our key Scripture here does say to not get drunk with wine, but to be filled with the Spirit.

Iím convinced that the issue isnít having