|by Henry T. Blackaby
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I am often amazed at how lightly, even carelessly, too many people experience life. They know about the tsunamis and hurricanes with their devastation. They have seen the reports of the Pakistani earthquake. And, of course, they are aware of the many other natural disasters that have taken countless lives.
But the people remain unmoved. Their minds know about life, but their hearts are not moved at all. Very little emotional response is seen in them. They show no deeper understanding of life as God sees all of life!
The Apostle Paul was constantly urging the believers in his day to live out their lives with all seriousness. In Ephesians 5:15-17 he pleads: “See that you walk carefully, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore be not unwise, but understand what the will of God is….” A fool walks (lives) carelessly. A wise person walks with great seriousness and a constant awareness of the times he lives in. He is also fully aware of the will of God in the midst of his world. He will experience or be fully aware of the tragedies in his day and discuss them with the wise counselors God has placed around him. He does not want to “love in word and tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).
How do you as a Christian respond to life’s great tragedies around those in your workplace? Do others see that you take all of life around you seriously as God directs you? Do you seek somehow to become involved personally? Do you respond with great personal passion and understanding? Do others, therefore, know with certainty that you care and that you will respond compassionately to what is happening in their lives?
Let it always be said of you that you live life fully aware to life around you just as Jesus did when he said: “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29-30). God is fully aware of all that goes on, and He cares! Should we not take what is going on around you? Reflect the care of your heavenly Father before a watching world. Let the world be convinced that you notice and are touched by all of life around you and them. This will glorify God!