15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
This world is very deceitful. It is very easy to hear someone say something that sounds oh, so good, only to find out that they are talking about something completely contrary to God’s word. This happens a lot in what I call the “grace” churches. They preach that God is a God of unlimited grace – which I totally agree with. God’s grace will never run out, and He will lavish me with grace until my dying day. He is just like that! But then some of these churches go on from there, and never mention that we must turn from our sinful ways and not take God’s grace for granted. Paul says “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid!” (Rom 6:1-2). It is our calling that once we are saved, we turn from our sin. Slips and falls will happen, but to continue in unbridled sin is just wrong.
So Paul tells the Ephesian church to walk circumspectly – be cautious and wary of things around you. We must not be foolish enough to allow false doctrine into our lives. We must be wise and measure what anyone says against the scripture. I feel the need to interject something on the scripture we use. Newer translations are slowly doing away with sin, atonement and hell. They picture a God who loves all (and He does) and provides a way of freedom for all (which he does) at no cost to us (which he does). Why is this a problem? Because first, it does not explain we must repent, or accept the gift, or turn from our sin. It does not discuss the sentence of hell if we are disobedient. It is a watered down, grace gospel that is a mere shadow of what God truly said. Please take caution of what translation you are reading.
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
What do you do with your time? Right now, I have time on my hands, since I am disabled and not working. And it may be a while before I can get back to work. That can be a problem for me if I don’t manage my time. My mind will wander off to places it should not, and I can easily get caught up in behavior that I should not be involved in. I need to keep my mind occupied! So I have these blogs, which take a while each day to put together. I am cataloging my poetry, which numbers over 1,000 poems, and starting to assemble it for eventual publishing. I make the most of my time, and I always run out of time to get things done, it seems.
When am healed of this cancer, and I am able to drive again and work again (by faith, I am believing this will come to pass), I will have to be diligent in my time management. I keep thinking that God has given me this time to work on the poetry and publishing it. It’s a monumental task. But when I am well, I will have to make the time to continue with at least one of my blogs, plus get back into the swing of things around the house and at my job. Redeeming the time is so important. It is one commodity we all have the same amount of. How do you redeem the time?
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
If we do not know what the will of the Lord is, we are unwise. God clearly shows us His will in His word. It is so important that we understand what God would have us do. Here are a few things that God’s will entails.
Micah 6:8 says the Lord requires us to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. If you really want to move closer to God, practice these three things in earnest. Understanding these three things is a key to understanding the will of God.
In Mark 16:15, Jesus tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. This is a mandate. And we do not have to be pastors or evangelists to preach the gospel. Our lives are our testimony. You preach the gospel by the lifestyle you live, if you are living for God. Take every opportunity to share what God has done for you.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on things that are just, pure, lovely, true, honest, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. when we set our minds on these things, our actions will follow, and we will be in the middle of God’s will.
This is just a start. Understanding the will of the Lord is as important as the air we breathe. Do all you can to effectively walk circumspectly, redeem the time, and carry out His will.