Therefore, be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 NASB
To many people, “where” we walk in our spiritual life is more important than “how” we walk. It’s true that our decisions determine our direction. But the “how” . . . the cause . . . takes precedence over the “where” . . . the course. Our cause in life determines our course and drives our commitment.
Misplaced commitment with people, possessions and positions can cause drift, detours or destruction.
John calls these the “a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.” (1 Jn 2:16 NLT) Paul writes in the Letter to the Ephesians, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.” (Eph 5:3 NASB)
We are instructed to “carefully determine what pleases the Lord.” (Eph 5:10 NLT). We are to become aware of Who He is, analyze His will and apply His truth.
Paul tells us this can be discovered when we are . . .
Careful In Our Walk. We walk in light and love, not darkness and desperation. John reminds us, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all . . . but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 Jn 1:5, 7 NIV). He continues, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” (1 Jn 2:9-10 NIV)
Characterized By Wisdom. We have a propensity toward obedience as opposed to a pattern of disobedience. John writes, “Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 Jn 53 NLT). Even when we are lacking in wisdom, God longs to provide. James writes, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (Jam 1:5 NLT)
Committed To His Work. All of our energy and efforts are focused on building His Kingdom, not ours. Jesus tells us, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matt 6:33 NLT)
Comprehending His Will. Paul cautions us, “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Eph 5:17 NLT) In the letter to the believers in Rome, he writes, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom 12:2 NLT) Time in His presence keeps us on His path.
Seize the day for your Savior. Walk in wisdom doing His work in His will. Make today a walking tall day.