Chaplain’s Column: Walking Wisely - Ephesians 5:15-17
When Paul exhorts us to walk wisely, he gives three instructions to help us make godly choices. First, he says to "be careful how you walk" (Eph. 5:15). Because the society we live in is morally corrupt we must be vigilant about the way we think and act. Unless we deliberately choose to guard ourselves, we will simply do what comes naturally and go along with cultural influences.
Next, in verse 16, the apostle instructs us to make the most of our time. The Lord has entrusted each of us with twenty-four hours per day and various opportunities to participate in His plans for us. But so often we are tempted to squander our time and energy on our own personal pursuits. And we do so without a thought of what our heavenly Father may have in mind for us.
In verse 17, Paul lays out the final exhortation: to "understand what the will of the Lord is". God’s will for us is that we would each become the person He created us to be and do the work He planned for us to accomplish (Eph. 2:10). We should look at every decision with consideration of whether our choice will further or hinder our heavenly Father’s purposes for us. To live outside of His will is foolish.The Lord wants us to walk wisely so that we can enjoy all the marvelous benefits that He’s promised in His Word and longs to give us. When our time is misspent it can never be reclaimed.
May I suggest that we try to make our lives count for Christ instead of merely living for ourselves.
Please pray for the following:
- James & Ann Spears
- Bobby Carter & wife Merrill
- James Little's wife Nita
- David Brantley's wife Jennifer
- Allen Herrod
- John Durden's son, David Fail
- J J Oakley
- Billy Parker's son-in-law Stan Stuckey
- James Whittington
- Harold Grooms's mother Sue Grooms
- Bill Myrick's Step-Grandson Cain M. Simonson
- Wayne Sutherland
- Pray for justice in Selma court cases
Yours In Christ,