Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ephesians 5:15-20 Walking as the Wise

KEY TEXT: Eph 5:15-18 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.

KEY THOT: Paul exhorts the Ephesian believers to be “wise” because the “days are evil”. This wisdom is demonstrated by our good time management (“making the best use of the time”). And good time management strategy presupposes an understanding “what the will of the Lord is”. Essentially, when our lives are aligned with God’s will and purpose, we have got our time management right. But if we have “no time” for God and His purpose, our time management has gone awry. One way we can ensure we have divine wisdom is to seek to be continually “filled with the Spirit.” Only the Spirit knows the mind of God and can help us re-prioritize our lives: “For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11-12). Here Paul is not referring to factual knowledge derived from the Scripture but personal knowledge derived from our fellowship with the Holy Spirit. 

Walking by the Spirit is the only way to be wise, especially in these evil days. As we walk by the Spirit, we are constantly thinking God’s thoughts and thereby able to align our priorities accordingly. Without this knowledge of God’s current will, we will be at a lost as to what we should do to align with God's purpose on a daily basis.

Listening to the Spirit and walking by His way is a conscious effort that requires self-discipline. It begins with daily meditation on Scripture. If we don’t know what God has spoken in the past in the Scripture, we are unlikely to be able to discern what He is speaking in the present by His Spirit. The Spirit will not contradict the Scripture. Secondly, it requires me to daily make a conscious surrender of my time, money and energy to God to fulfill His agenda first, not mine. Whether in the workplace or in the community, my first thought is, “Lord, what would you have me do today in my work, study, ministry and recreation?"

Father, I thank You that You have a daily agenda for me and You have promised to direct my steps. Today, I want to surrender my life to You afresh, that You might fill me with Your Spirit so that I may fulfill Your agenda through the people I meet, the work that I do and the time that I spent in recreation. Amen.

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