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Jesus warns us to “be careful, lest His return closes in on us unexpectedly”

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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:8-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 5:18

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

In recent commercials on TV, warnings against drunk driving have gotten very specific with this verbiage: “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.” In other words, when a person has had enough drinks to give them a buzz, our society calls it “drunkenness!”

One of the questions regarding social drinking is: When is one crossing over the line to a “buzz” and a level of drunkenness? Does a social drinker always know when to stop? Does a social drinker always know the exact drink that will send them into a level of drunkenness? I am not a “drinker,” but I have been around friends who have crossed over to a “buzz” and most of the time, they were unaware of that moment. One person was surprised when I said I could tell when he was “under the influence.” His behavior took on a different “flare” with the people around him.

If you are a social drinker and you seldom or never get “flat out” drunk, I do understand your mindset with this subject. But today, would you be able to honestly evaluate the timeline from your first drink to the drink when you get a “little buzz”? Is it two drinks? Is it three drinks? Is it the kind of drink? When do you cross over into “some level” of drunkenness? Jesus warns us to “be careful, lest His return closes in on us unexpectedly” (Luke 21:34). Be honest. Do you want to have a “buzz” on when you stand before Him someday?

Father, grant me a “judgment day honesty” as I make the decisions for daily living. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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