“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Life has only two paths: a narrow way which leads to life and broad road which ends in destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). According to Ephesians 5:15-18, to live life wisely you must live circumspectly (i.e., with careful precision), redemptively (by redeeming the time), and spiritually (by being filled with the Spirit). Those who fail to live in this manner are guilty of folly, evil, and dissipation (i.e., wastefulness).
Few things in this life can compare to the waste of “getting wasted” by alcohol. Drunkenness is dissipation because:
- It wastes money.
- It wastes time.
- It wastes good health.
- It wastes soundness of mind.
- It wastes marriages.
- It wastes love and respect for family members.
- It wastes peace and good will among friends and loved ones.
Noah. Lot. King Belshazzar. King Ahasuerus. Each is a man who lost much and gained nothing by “getting wasted” with alcohol.
What a waste!