thoughts from being quiet

I don’t usually like writing about commentaries but today, during my quiet time, I had some huge things stick out to me.  Read them all.  I promise God will use them in you.  

Here they are (they all come from John MacArthur’s commentary on Ephesians): 

  • “It is common not to finish what we begin.  Sometimes a symphony is unfinished, a painting uncompleted, or a project half-done because the musician, painter, or worker dies.  But usually it is simply the death of a person’s commitment that causes the imcompletion.  Dreams never become reality and hopes never materialize because those working toward them never get beyond the first few steps.  For many people, including many Christians, life can be a series of unfinished symphonies.  Even in the familiar opportunities of everyday Christian living, those who are truly productive have mastered the use of the hours and days of their lives.”  
  • “An ancient Greek statute depicted a man with wings on his feet, a large lock of hair on the front of his head, and no hair at all on the back.  Beneath was the inscription: ‘Who made thee? Lysippus made me.  What is thy name?  My name is Opportunity.  Why hast thou wings on thy feet?  That I may fly away swiftly.  Why hast thou a great forelock?  That men may seize me when I come.  Why art thou bald in back?  That when I am gone by, none can lay hold of me.'” 
  • “Paul pleads for us to make the most of our time immediately after he pleads for us to walk wisely rather than foolishly.  Outside of purposeful disobedience of God’s word, the most spiritually foolish thing a Christian can do is to waste time and opportunity, to fritter away his life in trivia and in half-hearted service to the Lord.”  
  • “The great sixteenth-century reformer Philipp Melanchthon kept a record of every wasted moment and took his list to God in confession at the end of each day.  It is small wonder that God used him in such great ways.”  
  • “The proper sense of urgency, however, drives the wise believer to want more than ever to understand what the will of the Lord is, because he knows that only in the Lord’s will and power can anything good and lasting be accomplished.”  
  • “Trying to run ahead of God only puts us further behind in His work.”  
  • “When our priorities are not His priorities He can do little with us because He has little of us.”  

 

I might not even really need to say that the verses he was working through were “Ephesians 5:15-17 – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

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