In Ephesians 5:15, Paul told the church to watch carefully how they walk, “not as unwise, but as wise.” Today, this passage speaks directly to what our behavior should be as Christians in all circumstances, but specifically, with how we react to God’s will for our lives.
In Ephesians 4:1 and 5:8, Paul beseeches us to walk with balance and wisdom. In our Christian walk, we are almost like tightrope walkers, carefully walking with wisdom. As Christians, we no longer walk as we did before, only thinking of “vanities” (Eph. 4:17). Stealing, anger, foul language and an unforgiving spirit, which are so commonplace in the world, are no longer our agenda.
Paul asks us: “are you disciplined and discerning with how you use your time (Eph. 5:16)?” We must find as many opportunities as possible to exercise our wisdom. There is a time for everything, including moments and opportunities for wise Christians to buy while the buying is good.
There is a time for personal growth; for our family; for our loved ones; and for our ministry. We must discern when an opportunity arises, and take it for all we can. We must be willing to pay the necessary price, which is effort and exertion. There is a specific moment that God allows us to take hold of an opportunity.
When God deals with us, we experience personal growth and the conviction of our sins. As a wise person, we will “know the right opportunity to let the light of God shine in our lives and reproof sin.” However, an unwise person will let the moment pass, looking for a better, more opportune moment. Sadly, that moment God allows cannot be recalled, and they will not discern they have lost something invaluable.
A wise person is able to discern when God is working in their lives, and seizes the opportunity to be blessed by God. They take hold of that opportunity, and make it their own. They take it by force (Matt. 11:12-19).
With prayer and reading of the Word, we can develop an understanding of what the will of the Lord is (Eph 5:17-20), and become wise. In the early First Century, an unwise man was one that didn’t believe in God. He was considered a fool.
God’s will is not a game. Therefore, we should walk carefully, not as fools. We should seize opportunities and not squander them. We must discern that we are living in evil times, and take advantage of the times God wants to work with us. We must actively pursue God’s will. God does not want to hide from us; He wants us to find and pursue Him (John 4:23-24).
God will lead us to where we need to be, and will preserve us from trouble as we walk with Him (Psalms 32:7). God promises us, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye (Psalms 32:8).
God asks us not to be stubborn, and to trust His choices for us (Psalms 32:9). We shouldn’t run ahead, resist, look for “signs” – like three green lights in a row or a special picture – to figure out what God’s will is. God’s will is found in His Word and in prayer. Godly people read God’s word, pray, then receive a message from God while they wait for Him.
We are called to live a spirit-filled life (Eph. 5:18-19). But how do we know if we are living our lives filled with God’s spirit?
We can tell if we are living a life filled with the spirit by the way we handle sin in our lives. If I sin, and immediately present it to the Lord, asking for forgiveness, we are living in His spirit. If we are living in His spirit, our life is a melody to God (Eph. 5:19). We are grateful; not bitter and not complaining, regardless of our lives’ circumstances (Eph. 5:20). You are willing to submit to God, without any problem.
While some have a problem with submission, trusting God with your life is the most crucial decision you can make. Do you trust God with your life?
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